One of my favorite readings in the Gospel is Jesus’ retreat in the desert for 40 days tempted by Satan. In my view, it is always a refreshing way to begin Lent. I’ve written about it before. Much like Christ, we have just entered the desert of Lent for 40 days. Today we were reminded in the Book of Genesis about God’s first covenant. God said to Noah,
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me [God] and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings” (Genesis 9:8-15).
God keeps His Word. Rather than destroy His creation He sends us His Son. After Jesus emerges from the desert after 40 days He reminds us,
“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:12-15).
Jesus emerges from the desert and proclaims the New Covenant, His Covenant to be celebrated the world over in 40 days.