Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Family Bible Study - First Sunday of Lent

Gospel Passage
Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the
Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate
nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The
devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of
bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” 5
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the
world. 6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this
authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will
command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11 and ‘On their hands they
will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus
answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the
devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Questions for Discussion -
1. Jesus fasted and prayed for forty days in the desert. Knowing this, and
knowing that the three Lenten works are prayer, fasting and almsgiving
(giving of yourselves and what you have to those who need), what
commitments are you ready to make with regard to each of these three
important things?

2. Jesus was tempted by the devil, but never sinned. What does this teach you
about your own temptations. Can you resist them? How can you resist them?

3. What Lenten sacrifice are you planning to do?
Used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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