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First Sunday of Lent C
February 14, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.


• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings
Experience


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Let the Scriptures Speak

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

The Testing of Jesus (and Israel and Us)

Not only do the “forty days” recall the “forty years” of Israel's sojourn in the wilderness. All three of Jesus' responses to the devil's temptations are drawn from that story of Israel's testing in the desert.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Later in this Gospel Jesus will describe himself and his activity with the same phrase: only a “more powerful one” or “one stronger” than the devil can cast out demons.

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The Word Embodied

John
Kavanaugh, SJ

Temptations

We would rather have the easy bread and showy circuses. We would prefer the domination of rigid authority over the terror of our free “yes” to him.

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Thoughts
from the
Early Church


John Chrysostom

Consider how vile and wicked the devil's approach is, and what sort of opportunity he watches for. He does not come near when Jesus is fasting, but only when he is hungry.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The devil misapplied the promise of angelic assistance, and Psalm 91:14-15 corrects it. Only those who set their love upon God can expect him to deliver them.

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