1 Mar 2020
For 1 March 2020, First Sunday of Lent, based on Matthew 4:1â€“11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert 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, â€œIf you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.â€ He said in reply, â€œIt is written: â€˜One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.â€™â€ Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, â€œIf you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: â€˜He will command his angels concerning youâ€™ and â€˜with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.â€™â€ Jesus answered him, â€œAgain it is written, â€˜You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.â€™â€ 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, â€œAll these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.â€ At this, Jesus said to him, â€œGet away, Satan! It is written: â€˜The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.â€™â€ Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
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.