Watch and Pray

Luke 4:1-13
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'”
And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.
If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.”
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”
And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him 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 charge of you, to guard you,’ and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”
And Jesus answered him, “It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”
And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Homily:

Be more watchful at the end of your fast, for temptations will come flooding in. Temptations that are aligned to the desires of your flesh.

The purification that comes with fasting creates perfect breeding ground for temptations, because we might prematurely assume we now stand aright and forget to keep guard.

Here the words of Jesus –

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” – Matthew 12:43-45

He also gives us this advice –

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41

Dear Lord, please help me to always remember to come to you in prayers for (and in) all things, Amen.

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