LUKE 4:1-13 JESUS IS TEMPTED IN THE DESERT
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone…'” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve…'” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and: ‘With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.
Like us in every way but sin, Jesus is tempted in the desert….temptations are similar to what we face every day…tempted to pleasure the flesh…tempted to pride that we are in control…and tempted to power to rule the world…
.we too are tempted in the desert of our souls…do I fortify myself like Jesus with prayer and fasting…fasting means much more than not eating food…do I fast from making judgments…do I fast from anger, from unkind thoughts and words…. do I deny myself and choose God’s holy will over mine… do I seek power and glory for myself…or give all glory to God who is all Good and provider of all…
Lord God, thank you for all your gifts. Teach me to be humble and to be grateful to you and share my gifts with others for the love of your Son, Jesus Christ who is my Savior!
LUKE 4:16-21 THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went, according to his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus goes to his hometown to pray…He is also chooses his hometown to make a very important announcement…how will the crowd respond…He is given a scroll of Isaiah that prophecies the Messiah will come and set justice on the earth…Jesus proclaims, I am He…today this prophecy is fulfilled…
Jesus has announced his arrival in his hometown…they reject him because they think they know him by what he does…not who He says He is…the stage is set for Jesus to reveal himself and the Father to the world through his disciples and his church…Will I accept Jesus for who He is…or will I make him into something I want to Him to be…Are we seekers of the Truth or someone who makes up his own Truth…
Lord Jesus, you have shown me who you are in Sacred Scripture and in so many other ways through your inspirations to prayer and in my neighbor who is sometimes the one receiving your love through me as an instrument of your peace and sometimes sharing your love with me with their kindness and care for me. Open my eyes…let me see your activity in my life and in the world…
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