We Live by God’s Holy Word

Mar 6, 2019

Gospel Reflection, 1st Sunday of Lent
Deuteronomy 26: 4-10; Romans 10: 8-13; Luke 4: 1-13

We Live by God’s Holy Word

We are without a doubt exposed to many temptations.  They can confront us in thousands of forms:  the temptation to drive too fast, to eat or drink too much, to say a mocking, disparaging word, to show to others one’s own little bit of power, to let it be felt, to exploit it to one’s own advantage, to make things better for your self at someone else’s expense, and so on in a multitude of variations.  We all know them and they can proceed toward outright rebellion against God.

Jesus knew temptation in the desert which came from the devil.  How did he respond?  Three times he responds to the devil with the Word of God, “It is written...”  It is written that man shall live by every word that comes from the mouth of God, that you shall not tempt the Lord, your God, and that Him only shall you serve.  Taken together, these commands are very matter-of-fact, rather strict, and to-the-point.  But we know that these three sayings of Jesus are true to how we would grow in our faith.  Will we devote ourselves in a renewed way to prayer and reflection in order to hear his words in scripture and otherwise?

To comply with these three sayings is to live in a way more intensely devoted to God.  To live in this way demands a closer, more intense adherence to God.  Lent helps us refocus our selves in order to do this.  Lent is not so much about “less” as it is about “more”.  It is about more prayer, more almsgiving, and more learning our faith.  It is about more examining ourselves and more receiving his mercy.  It is about reflecting more on his life given for us.  If we embrace the season of Lent in this way, then we will be able to live by the words that Jesus spoke, so that the devil will flee us.

Father Tony