Description: Why would God permit the Devil to tempt his Son in the desert? The symbolism behind those temptations, as provided by the Catholic Catechism, give great insight into God's rationale. Jesus, driven by the Spirit, goes into the desert to live in solitude for 40 days. At the close of that period of prayer and fasting, the Devil arrives to attempt to compromise Jesus' filial devotion to God his Father. Satan tempts Jesus 3 times and Jesus rebuffs him 3 times. This is a recapitulation of Satan's seduction of Adam. Only this time he loses to the new Adam. It is also a recapitulation of Israel in the desert when the Hebrews provoked God during their 40 year sojourn. In contrast, Jesus is totally obedient to his Father's will. Jesus' victory over temptation is a prelude to his victory over sin on the Cross..." This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.