Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 9, 2014


Gospel – Matthew 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desertJesus tempted
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry.
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.”

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.”
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.


During this upcoming Lenten season, we should expect that, as we increase our spiritual relationship with God, we won’t make the devil happy.  We too will be tempted – tempted to break our fast, to eat meat, to not end up going to Adoration or that extra mass.  But with Christ’s help, we can avoid these temptations and strive to improve our faith to get closer to Heaven.  So as the next 40 days pass, may we stay faithful to our promises just as God’s love is faithful to us.

I hope that your Lent  starts off well!

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