The rebellion and disobedience of the first caused the separation from God and the death of all men, the perfect obedience of Christ, on the other hand, has obtained fullness of grace and of life for all. Adam and Eve experiment that their presumption has taken them away from each other, from the creation and from God. Jesus repairs this tear and cancels this gap. Finally, the passage from the Gospel of Matthew that is offered to us today as the third reading, presents the same temptation of Adam and Eve, but shows how Jesus is victorious and points out the way to live a life faithful to God and free from the profound evil that threatens us.
In fact the temptation concerns neither bread neither material things but how to live our relationship with things, with people and with God. We can live as children of God like Jesus, or reject the loving fatherhood of God who offers a relationship stable, alive and vivifying with Him. God offers a covenant between two freedoms: his, which is the initiative of infinite love, and ours, which is called to live and flourish from and for the loving freedom of God.
If by grace we overcome temptation, God expands our heart so that it may have the gift of Him who is Love and gives us the way to do good to make our life a long praise to Him. To overcome these trials, this hunger for life, relationships and God, man has an infallible tool: the Word of God. In the biblical tradition the desert was the place of preparation for a divine mission. So it had been for Moses, who knew the revelation of Yahweh Exodus 3. So it was for Elijah, who listened to the word of God 1st Kings Then also Jesus remained in the solitude of the desert for forty days  before beginning His public ministry.
Jesus has done so to teach us to live life as an exodus in the desert as it was for the Jewish people and as it must be for the Church, pilgrim to heaven.
This means that we cannot plan our life, we cannot decide it, but we must abandon ourselves to a Word of promise. We are asked to translate our daily behavior and the care for ourselves in that Other who has made us free. Almost all of us are called to exist tomorrow, not in the emergency situation of the desert, but in the normal situation of a land to cultivate and to inhabit. However, all of us are called to have the same basic attitude: to live on that land but with a heart of the desert.
This heart is particularly asked to Consecrated Virgins, which in physical solitude are called to a face to face with God: to speak to the heart. The desert, the virginal solitude, is the best place, the place where we are face to face with God. The Bridegroom cannot force the bride to love Him.
The Lord, however, has an infallible tool, as described, for example, by the prophet Hosea. In chapter 2, Hosea speaks of the terrifying adultery that is the return to worship the idols that the old fathers worshiped. The Lord grieved and distressed, intervenes and says that he has a tool and will put it into action. He will return the people to the desert will point out again the old roads, will speak again to his heart in the desert when the evil categories, the opaque diaphragms have fallen.
Then the heart of man, namely his intelligence and the heart of God, namely the divine Wisdom, will be face to face and their meeting immediate, possible and fruitful. Theirs is a spirituality of the generous availability to others and of the total availability to the Lord from whom they expect everything.
We will be the Tent where the Emmanuel, God with us always, will be at home. Everything about Israel characters and events, rituals and institutions is the figure — the typos — of what happens in Christ and in the Church. First stop: Egypt and the Pharaoh is intended as the figure of sin and especially of the universal condition of sin that before the coming Christ held humanity enslaved. But Egypt can be also the one that causes sin, Satan, or his historical transcription, the pagan idolatry. As a result, the deliverance from Egypt through the passage of the Red Sea will be the figure of baptism, and the sacrificed Passover lamb will become the symbol of Christ in his passion.
In it, as for Israel, test and temptation appear, but also the divine protection will unfold with particular intensity. The miracles of the Exodus become the miracle of the sacramental existence: the rock is Christ from which the water of baptism flows and manna became the Eucharist. The desert can be internalized as individual journey of the soul to contemplation and spiritual perfection or can be experienced as a journey Lent to prepare Easter celebrations.
The Christian meaning of the Law is found in the condensation of all ethical and social laws into charity, while the ritual laws find their truth in the Christian worship. We can sum it all up by saying that the typological sense of Exodus is the route of the Christian people from the slavery of sin, through baptism and life in faith and charity, up to the heavenly homeland. In this case, besides being connected to the forty years spent by the people of Israel in the wilderness, it means a whole generation.
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