Thu - 18.09.14

Sunday 17th February, 2013
1st Sunday of Lent. V. Deuteronomy 26:4-10. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble—Ps 90(91):1-2, 10-15. Romans 10:8-13. Luke 4:1-13 [Seven Founders of the Servites].

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Jesus, led by the Spirit, wandered in the wilderness.

God had called him to leave his home and to begin a public life of self-giving and service. From the very start, the forces of evil tried to dissuade him. His response to each temptation was the same—he refused to rely on material things, or power, or his ability to impress others. He relied on God alone.

This is the same thing God’s people learned, as we see in the first reading. The more they grew in numbers, the more they threatened the rulers of Egypt, who responded with oppression and persecution.

In their misery, they called on God, and, relying on his power and strength, they were rescued out of Egypt and led to the Promised Land.

Lord, when we are tempted, help us to rely not on our own strength, but rather to trust in you and your power, by which all things can be overcome.



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