1st Sunday of Lent, Year A
QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012
6Duration: 9:08 mins
"Adam and Eve do not need to taste the fruit to be like God or to know good and evil, for they are already made in the image and likeness of God and know what they should and shouldn't do. Similarly in today's Gospel, Jesus does not need to accept the kingdoms of the world from the devil's hand, because he already has them in his own hand. All that the devil tempts with is not a false means to a true end (the temptation of pragmatism - but the false means to a false end, an ending that is in death and not in life. So may God help us to recognise and resist false promises of happiness, to keep integrity and friendship with Him, and come safely one day into the true and lasting happiness of heaven."
Readings: Gospel - Matthew 4: 1-11 - At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
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