Part 1 of the series, “Growing in Faith: Our Identity in Christ.” As we emerge from his pandemic, we do not want our parish just to survive but to thrive. Remaining steadfast in fulfilling our mission from Christ is dependent upon remaining secure in our identity in Christ. This is done in cooperation with God, including the graces that we are receiving in the Sacrament of Baptism. We are preparing to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. Growing as disciples of Christ within His Church is a lifelong process. It influences the choices that we make and the course in which our lives will take. Today, we learn anew that we can triumph over temptation. Jesus does not engage in a debate with the devil. Jesus does not give any consideration about accepting the invitation to sin. Jesus is secure in His identity. In response to the devil’s temptation, Jesus immediately states what is the truth. When we resist temptation, we remember that we are beloved children of God. We are refusing to be seduced by lies because we rejoice in living according to the truth that God has revealed.