August 9, 2022     3:00 pm
38. Week of Sunday after New Year - Tuesday
Temptation in the wilderness
          He was in all points tempted like us, yet without sin.   Hebrews 4:15
          After His Baptism, Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And when the Tempter came to Him, he said: "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones be made into bread." But He answered and said: "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." Then the devil took Him up into the Holy City, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him: "If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down; for it is written He shall give His angels charge concerning You; and in their hands they shall bear You up, lest at any time You dash Your foot against a stone." Jesus said to him: "It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord, your God." Again the devil took Him up onto a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and said to Him: "All these things will I give to You if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him: "Go away, Satan; for it is written, You shall worship the Lord, your God, and Him alone shall you serve." Then the devil left Him and, behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matt.4:1-11.)
          In, and together with, our first parents we were tempted by the devil, and fell into sin. To make restitution for all this, our Saviour, being the Substitute of all mankind, was in all points tempted like us, yet without sin. In His holy human nature He truly felt how Satan tempted Him to doubt God, haughtily to tempt God, and to serve the devil in vainglory[pride in one's achievements]. But He armed Himself with the Word of God and did not sin, no, not with the faintest thought or desire. This we should consider and believe, and account it our righteousness, since God wants to impute to us what the Saviour did for us.
          PRAYER: - O my Saviour! In Adam and Eve, and in a thousand ways myself, I have fallen into temptation, but You have overcome all temptations. I am a miserable sinner; You are without spot, holy, and righteous. Your righteousness is my righteousness, wherein I stand before God. Most heartily I give thanks to You that You have done this and much more for me, a poor sinner, and so made amends for my evil condition. Help me by Your Holy Spirit that in faith I may always take comfort in this blessed fact, and rejoice therein against all the terrors of an evil conscience, O blessed Conqueror of Satan! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:00 pm