1st Sun Lent -Year A, 1st March, 2020
Gospel : Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves’. But he replied, ‘Scripture says: ‘Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.
The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God’ he said ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says: ‘He will put you in his angels’ charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone’.
Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says: ‘You must not put the Lord your God to the test’.
Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘I will give you all these’ he said, ‘if you fall at my feet and worship me.’ Then Jesus replied, ‘Be off, Satan! For scripture says: ‘You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.’
Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Donal Neary SJ:
Gospel Reflections for Sundays of Year A: Matthew
Jesus is tempted to use creation just for himself.
This can happen with money, other people, the environment and religion. We are called to look after God’s creation, not control it.
To be co-workers with God is our call – to focus on people as well as plans, to feel the needs here and abroad.
One view of God is that he looks after the world for good or bad, and we are just the receivers. The other is that we are co-workers in developing the world and God’s creation. Jesus was tempted to throw himself away from the world as he knew it, but he did not. He would live by the word of God, and God would care for him as for the parents in the first reading.
‘A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s love for us’ (Pope Francis, 2015).
The temptation to Jesus was to take him off the path of his father. Like him, we are often tempted to use the creation of God just for our benefit. Our call is to be co-creators of the world with God.
Imagine a garden where everything is beautiful. It is the ‘creation’ of a gardener. Then imagine that someone has ruined one corner of it
– notice the difference. Apply this to how we treat God’s creation.
May we care for your creation, O Lord, with the love you have for creation and for us.
Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net.