Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lent 1

My 600th post! A milestone of some sort. Today's readings were Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13, and Luke 4:1-13 (sermon text).

There is no one good on earth - except the Man Jesus. Satan, aware of this, tempted Him sorely. The first temptation struck at His bodily needs. One thinks: if God loves me, why does He let me hunger? As He did, one uses the Word of God to block this blow: God alone sustains.

The second was a head shot, aimed to inflate the ego. Satan's offer was hollow, yet all of us succumb to it - coveting, greed, pride. Yet Jesus, the Ransom, blocked this hard blow again with the Word: God alone is our God.

The third twisted Scripture. It shatters the Church, shames those who should witness, and eats from within. Yet Jesus knew He must be wounded to deliver us. He used the Word a third time: God is not to be tested thus.

Every year we hear of this three-fold victory. "One little word can fell him." Satan's attempts to keep Christ from the Cross continued, yet His heel crushed Satan's head. Rejoice that this Man died for you! And that He still lives for you, giving His perfect, sinless body and blood to you in the Sacrament! His obedience brings you life. You will not be put to shame by the Accuser.

Soli Deo gloria.

No comments: