Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and afterward Jesus was starving. The devil said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus replied, “It’s written,People won’t live only by bread.” Next the devil led him to a high place and showed him in a single instant all the kingdoms of the world. The devil said, “I will give you this whole domain and the glory of all these kingdoms. It’s been entrusted to me and I can give it to anyone I want. Therefore, if you will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” The devil brought him into Jerusalem and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down from here; for it’s written: He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.” Jesus answered, “It’s been said, Don’t test the Lord your God.” After finishing every temptation, the devil departed from him until the next opportunity.
Food For Thought:
“Jesus left hungry but strengthened rather than diminished because he remembered his baptism. He remembered who he was. Matthew says that the moment Jesus rejected the devil’s invitation, the angels came to wait upon him. Because I want temptation powerless to turn me away from God, I remember my baptism and reject the subtle and not-so-subtle invitations to turn from God.” –Reuben P. Job
Lord, help me remember my baptism! Give me strength when I am tempted to wander away from you. Fill me up and sustain me by your presence so I will not be steered away by things of the world. I am called to be nourished by your love, to serve only you, and to be strong in the face of challenges. Amen.