First Sunday of Lent 2011 Gospel Reading

Today we heard the account by St Luke of Jesus' temptation in the desert.

Christ in The Wildernesss by Briton Riviere- Image source

Being asked to confirm His identity as The Son Of God by commanding stones to turn into bread, (i.e to use power to further one's own ends.)
How often do our own temptations test our identity and relationship with God?
How often do we think to ourselves, “If God really loved me, then I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Secondly, the offer to own the whole world if Jesus will only worship the devil in return.

How many times do we test God by saying, “God, if you do so and so for me then I’ll know that you love me and I will do anything for you.

Finally for the third temptation we see Jesus being led to Jerusalem to the parapet of the Temple and the devil asks Jesus to prove that if He is the Son of God he could throw himself down with no fear because the angels would guard Him . " They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone ".

How many times do we convince ourselves that even if we do sin that God will sort out our mess for us ?

We are so accustomed to thinking of idolatry as an ancient form of paganism that no longer exists. The exact contrary is the truth. 

Idolatry in the modern world is widespread. It is nothing less than the worship of Self, inspired by the father of lies who tells people:
it is their will which they are to follow; 
it is their choices they are to make;
it is their world in which they are living,
instead of putting the will of Self aside and putting God first.

The whole of Jesus' ministry can be summed up in the three replies Jesus made to the devil:

“Man shall not live by bread alone.”
“You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”
“You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”


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