Lectio Divina – First Sunday of Lent

Luke 4:1-13

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 on 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 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,
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.

4 thoughts on “Lectio Divina – First Sunday of Lent”

  1. “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” This stood out because Jesus so swiftly and confidently shut down the devil. He recognizes that God’s plan is solid and strong. We shall not question or “test” the things that God gives us in life. We shall not question his plan or think of it as a “lack of God’s work” when challenges are presented to us.

  2. Christopher Gawel

    Maybe it was because I was hungry, but “One does not live by bread alone” stood out to me. As I was reflecting further, I realized that even Mass is not about receiving communion but also in participating in the community of faith. This will be the focus of my ministry this Lent at St. Regis.

  3. It reminds me, that if I put Christ at the center of my life….I need not fear the evil one. God always provides.

  4. David Buersmeyer

    “All this will be yours if you worship me”. Reflecting on those words of the devil to Jesus, makes me think about how short term gain, short term success can never be the goal. We need to be in it for the long haul–eternity ultimately–but even on earth, do the little things right, even if we don’t see the immediate rewards/fruits of our labor.

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