Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 9, 2014

3cff4d63a2ff199c2c652f3e7504e5c2_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 4:1-11

At that time 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, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, 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 with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” 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, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”

Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Reflection on the gospel reading: All of us experience the pull to choose expediency and pleasure over our commitment to God and all the obligations that commitment entails. Temptation can bring out the worst and the best in people. How we succeed in resisting and how we fail to resist can say a lot about who we are in the core of our brings. Jesus, of course, did not fail the tests put to him. When presented with using his power to satisfy his own needs, he chose hunger. When presented with suicidal despair, he chose trust of God and life. When presented with earthly power, he chose poverty, humility, and the cross.

Spiritual reading: We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right. (Anne Lamott)


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