Speak Lord: Keep us safe

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’

Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.’

Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said to him ‘throw yourself down from here, for scripture says: He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you’, and again: ‘They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’But Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said: ‘You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time.

Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent
Luke 4:1-13

Lent has begun. And we have the two ways set before us once more with Lenten clarity. The way of Light and the way of dark. The way of grace, the way of sin.

  • In what concrete ways do these present themselves to you? What are the temptations you face?
  • How does the devil try to trick you into thinking them not too serious or more attractive than what is truly good?
  • In prayer, bring your hopes and fears for this day and this season to the Lord.

Image: Ethiopian Gospel Book. British Library, London. (c) 2017, Allen Morris


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