Journey into Freedom Day 27

Christ in the wilderness: Christ sits, looking deep in thought

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are Jesus, or maybe a disciple to whom Jesus is telling the story of his time in the desert. Alternatively, you can just ponder the story using lectio divina.

Luke 4:1-11 HCSB

Then Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for 40 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, tell this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.”

So he took Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The Devil said to Him, “I will give You their splendour and all this authority, because it has been given over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. If You, then, will worship me, all will be Yours.”

And Jesus answered him,

“It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

So he took Him to Jerusalem, had Him stand on the pinnacle 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 give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you, and they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

And Jesus answered him, “It is said: Do not test the Lord your God.” After the Devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.

Christ in the wilderness: Christ sits, looking deep in thought

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca