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The Gospel for Sunday, February 21, 2010 is from the Book of Luke.

Gospel
Lk 4:1-13
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,
to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days,
and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him,
“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him,
“I shall give to you all this power and glory;
for it has been handed over to me,
and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God,
and him alone shall you serve.
Then he led him to Jerusalem,
made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said 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 guard you,
and:
With their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

2 posted on 02/15/2010 9:01:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Some other thoughts from the web:

 The Spirit, not Satan, leads him into the desert...

Note that it is the Spirit, not Satan, that leads him into the desert to be tempted. It is, therefore, part of the divine plan that he should suffer these temptations. Perhaps he cannot discern his true destiny without considering and rejecting certain alternatives.

Remember the three temptations which are put to Christ:

  • To turn stones into bread
  • To have the power and splendour of all the kingdoms of the world.
  • To throw himself from a height, relying on the providence of God to protect and sustain him.

3 posted on 02/15/2010 9:03:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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