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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Lent 1
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
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Gospel Lesson

Luke 4: 1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'"

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, "It is written,

'Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.'"

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,

'He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,'


'On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'"

Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.



Reflection on Luke 4: 1-13
by Nan Stokes

It is easy to remember times when there has been a "mountain-top experience" followed by a hard time when the temptations of our world seem so present, surrounding us on every side, and so blatant that we recognize them at once as "temptations." Does that make it easier to resist? Jesus answered the devil's tempting offers by quoting from Deuteronomy, and the explicit instructions concerning the LORD your God in the Old Testament lesson are examples of Deuteronomy's clarity and guidance. Having scripture quotations committed to memory and at your fingertips is to be prepared for whatever the devil has in store for you. How appropriate that Jesus went from the cool green of the Jordan River environs into the barren heat of the desert where there was no place to hide from his tempter. Ancient people believed that evil spirits went to dwell in the desert and they were afraid to tread where the winds and the wild beasts howled. Now many religious persons believe that time alone in the desert is necessary to focus on what is important, and the loneliness of the desert experience makes that focus possible. As Lent begins for us, we can look to Jesus and his temptation experience to help us see how we can resist the temptations that come upon us, even when we aren't in the desert. We are blessed to have Jesus as our example.

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Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Lent 1:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Deuteronomy 26: 1-11
Deuteronomy 26: 1-11
New Testament Reading
Romans 10: 5-13
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4: 1-13
(this page)
Luke 4: 1-13
(this page)


Nan Stokes (1929-2010) is a past co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006). She resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote these reflections in 1998. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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