Gospel Reflection for February 17, 1st Sunday of Lent

11 Feb

The devil had been tempting Jesus in the desert.

Jesus said, “Scripture says, ‘You shall not put the Holy One your God to the test.’”

Luke 4.9

In their theological duel Jesus and his antagonist express two very different interpretations of the role and mission of the messiah.  The devil tempts Jesus to display his power―to turn stone to bread, to take over world rule to prove he is God’s Son.  Jesus answers each temptation with a scripture verse from Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of Israel’s law or Torah.  Jesus is God’s Spirit-filled prophet who trusts God’s word.

What temptations do you as a Christian face in our society today?

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