The Temptation of Jesus - 1 March 2020

Sunday 1 March 2020

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Briton Rivière / The Temptation in the Wilderness / Wikipedia
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.

3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.’ ”

5 Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 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, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’ ”

8 Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

9 He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’ ”

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.


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What was the devil trying to achieve by tempting Jesus?


Why do you think God allowed Jesus to be tempted?


What lesson/s do you take away from this week’s Gospel reading?

What practical implications does it have?