In today’s Gospel, the three temptations of Jesus in the desert illustrate the devil’s futile attempt to subjugate him. In each instance Jesus applies his understanding and knowledge of scripture to beat the devil at his own game. For example: in the first temptation, the devil approached Jesus and said: “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” Being well versed in Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus responds with a quote from the book of Deuteronomy (8:3)
- “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
My friends, there is much beauty and wisdom in Sacred Scripture. What if this Lent, in place of giving something up, we nourish ourselves with the Word of God? Here’s one approach: the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles go together – i.e., Acts is the sequel to Luke. Read a little each day, perhaps one chapter. As you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to help you ‘hear’ what God wants to say to you. As you read, pay attention to anything that strikes you practically, emotionally or otherwise - that is God ‘speaking’ to you! Take a few moments of silence to reflect on what you’ve read, thank God for this holy time and then ask for the grace to apply what you’ve learned to your life. This is just one approach. Do whatever appeals to you, perhaps just following the daily Mass readings. My intent is to help you foster your relationship with God by deepening your comfort with, and your understanding of the Word of God.
If Jesus said “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God,” why not partake of the banquet that is Sacred Scripture? It truly is the Word of God – a feast for the soul!