The Profession of Faith
become the Father’s beloved son in the Son and “walk in newness
Let us be buried with Christ by Baptism to rise with him; let
us go down with him to be raised with him; and let us rise
with him to be glorified with him.
Everything that happened to Christ lets us know that, after
the bath of water, the Holy Spirit swoops down upon us from
high heaven and that, adopted by the Father’s voice, we
become sons of God.
The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the
desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit
into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating;
he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him.
end of this time Satan tempts him three times, seeking to compro-
mise his filial attitude toward God. Jesus rebuffs these attacks,
which recapitulate the temptations of Adam in Paradise and of
Israel in the desert, and the devil leaves him “until an opportune
The evangelists indicate the salvific meaning of this mys-
terious event: Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful just
where the first Adam had given in to temptation. Jesus fulfills
Israel’s vocation perfectly: in contrast to those who had once
provoked God during forty years in the desert, Christ reveals
himself as God’s Servant, totally obedient to the divine will. In this,
Jesus is the devil’s conqueror: he “binds the strong man” to take
back his plunder.
Jesus’ victory over the tempter in the desert
anticipates victory at the Passion, the supreme act of obedience of
his filial love for the Father.
239 St. Gregory of Nazianzus,
40, 9: PG 36, 369.
240 St. Hilary of Poitiers,
2, 5: PL 9, 927.