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Luke 4:1-13: Tested


Luke 4:1-13: Tested

Temptations_of_Christ_(San_Marco)

Temptations of Christ – St. Mark Church in Venice, Italy

The First Sunday of Lent, February 14, 2016

After spending forty days and nights in the desert fasting and praying, Jesus resists the temptation to succumb to hunger.

Jesus says: It takes more than bread to really live. We remember . . . Jesus is the bread of life.

After spending forty days and nights in the cold alone, Jesus resists the temptation to wield full and absolute power.

Jesus says: Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve God with absolute single-heartedness. We remember . . . Jesus is Lord of all.

After spending forty days and nights aligning himself with God, Jesus resists the temptation to use God’s power in selfish ways.

Jesus says: Don’t you dare tempt the Lord your God. We remember . . . Jesus is love itself.

When we spend time with The Temptations page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-temptations/, we examine the places, times and attitudes when we are most vulnerable to temptation. Then we begin another Lenten practice: Rather than thinking: “I am misunderstood,” let us think instead, “God is so understanding”.

Tomorrow, sheep and goats.

 

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