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Undertaking our Lenten journey starts with the three temptations of Jesus in the desert.

Here is Matthew’s Account of these temptations- we will look at them on more detail in the days ahead. Take a moment- read the passage slowly and see how Jesus is tempted by the devil the same way we are all tempted as we struggle to be relevant/ to be spectacular/ and to be powerful.

The Temptations of Jesus Mt4: 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 temptation to be relevant (change stones to bread.)

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.”

The temptation to be spectacular (throw oneself down from the tower.)

Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Jesus answered him,
“Again it is written,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”

The temptation to be powerful (kingdoms of this world)

Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
At this, Jesus said to him,
“Get away, Satan!
It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.

Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.

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