“We are not what we do, we are not what we have, we are not what others think of us. Coming home is claiming the truth. I am the beloved child of a loving creator.”
This quote from Henri Nouwen pretty much sums up the three temptations Jesus faces in this Sunday’s Gospel. The word devil means “diablos” in Greek. It is from this we get the English word diabolical. It basically means to tear asunder. In this Gospel we see the devil’s intention to tear apart Jesus’ mission entrusted to him by his Father before he has even got started. The three temptations are as follows:
- “Turn these stones into bread.” Jesus is tempted into showing what he can do.
- “I will give you all the kingdoms of this world”. Jesus is tempted to define himself by what he can have.
- “Throw yourself down from this temple”. Jesus is tempted by what people would think of him if he threw himself down from the Temple and ended up being unharmed.
We hear the words of Jesus “you must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone.” As the beloved children of God we are invited this Lent to reflect upon what is it that I really worship? Where do I put my time, talents, money energy and enthusiasm? Am I content in knowing that I am God’s beloved or am I more concerned by what I do, what I have and what other people think about me?