21 Feb 2010
For 21 February 2010, 1st Sunday of Lent, based on Luke 4:1-13
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, â€œIf you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.â€ Jesus answered him, â€œIt is written, â€˜One does not live by bread alone.â€™â€ Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, â€œTo you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.â€ Jesus answered him, â€œIt is written, â€˜Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.â€™â€ Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, â€œIf you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, â€˜He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,â€™ and â€˜On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.â€™â€ Jesus answered him, â€œIt is said, â€˜Do not put the Lord your God to the test.â€™â€ When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.