Matthew 4:1-11
1)Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2) After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3) The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  
4) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  5) Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 

6) “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:   “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
7) Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.  8) Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  9) “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10) Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”  11) Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.   
The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.


Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  This website will give you some ideas.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.