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During the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13), Jesus defeats Satan using Scripture:

[1] And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit [2] for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.  [3] The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” [4] And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'”  [5] And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,  [6] and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  [7] If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.”  [8] And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'” [9] And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here;  [10] for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’ [11] and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” [12] And Jesus answered him, “It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”  [13] And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Jesus could choose to defeat Satan any number of ways.  But He chooses to quote Scripture.  Why? (more…)

 

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Have you ever wondered how we know about the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13; Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13) account when none of the Gospel writers were present?  For Jesus, it was a private experience.

In the Gospel accounts there are no eyewitnesses to the Temptation, excepting, of course for Jesus and Satan.  And given the thrashing that Jesus gives Satan, Satan certainly would like to forget the the whole event.

That leaves only Jesus:  Jesus purposefully tells the story of the Temptation to the disciples and it is eventually recorded in the Gospels.

The question we should ponder is “Why did Jesus want the Temptation to be written down?” (more…)

Denying Satan Carl Bloch, 1850While Satan had a relatively easy time man-handling Adam at Eden, at the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13) , Satan will be God-handled by Jesus:

[1] And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit [2] for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.  [3] The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” [4] And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'”  [5] And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,  [6] and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  [7] If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.”  [8] And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'” [9] And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here;  [10] for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’ [11] and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” [12] And Jesus answered him, “It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”  [13] And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

The Divine greatness of Jesus is evident in His thorough thrashing of Satan at the Temptation. (more…)

1530174Continuing reflections on the account of the Temptation in the Gospel from the first Sunday of Lent (Luke 4:1-13), today there is a great example of God’s great plan of Salvation at work for the triumph at the Temptation is a followup to the disaster at Eden: (more…)

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The account of the Temptation in the Gospel from the first Sunday of Lent (Luke 4:1-13) offers overwhelming evidence for the awe-inspiring qualities of Jesus Christ.  One could spend perhaps an entire Lenten season meditating on just the Temptation of Christ, so rich is it with insights into the unique greatness of Jesus.  In the first of a series, this post will focus on a few of the physical aspects of Jesus’ temptation. (more…)

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In the Gospel from the Thursday’s Mass (Luke 9:22-25), Jesus instructs the disciples that they must pick up their cross and follow Jesus:

[22]  [Jesus said to His disciples], “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” [23]  And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  [24] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.  [25] For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? “

The words about the Cross would have shocked the disciples, but many today have trouble fully grasping the shocking idea “of picking up one’s cross”.

Here is something that will shock you (more…)

nikolai-koshelev-the-head-of-christ-1880sIn today’s Gospel from the Mass (Matt 9:14-15), Jesus offers yet another reference to the sacredness of traditional marriage:

[14] Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” [15] And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

In past posts, Christ’s insistence on the holiness of marriage have been noted (see here and here).

Today, there are many who are attempting to redefine marriage to include all sorts of distorted options (e.g. alternatives like man/man, woman/woman, multiple men/multiple women, human beings/animals, human beings/inanimate objects).

Jesus Christ continually makes both direct statements that define marriage (Mark 10:7) and many symbolic acts (John 2:1-11) that uphold the only sacred view of marriage; that of one man and one woman.  Today’s Gospel offers yet another:  Jesus is referring to Himself as the Divine Bridegroom and the Church as His bride.  Clearly, Jesus is teaching about marriage in the traditional sense as understood for human history as being between a man and a woman.

Don’t fall for the many confused and perverted ideas about marriage that “moderns” are seeking to promote.

After all, you don’t want to be left at the altar.

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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 9:22-25), Jesus gives us the Good News and the bad news (more…)

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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 9:22-25), Jesus discloses that He is living in the Shadow of the Cross (more…)

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