Today’s Gospel shows me that our God allows Jesus to be tempted to give us a lesson about our humanity, to prove our faithfulness, to trust in him and not in ourselves.
In the Gospel, Jesus is tempted by the devil before he starts his public ministry. The devil tells Jesus to use his special powers to get material things, all he could want.
But Jesus knew that material things by themselves will never satisfy people. His task was to nourish their minds and hearts with the word of God. Satan tempted Jesus to get what he wants, when he wants it. When Jesus was hungry after forty days without eating, the devil tried to tell Jesus, you can’t wait.
In my personal view and interpretation, in this first temptation is the sin of Lust. It is wanting, what you want, when you want it. After forty days of fasting, Jesus is at his most vulnerable. The temptation is now to get what he wants, when he wants, rather than wait for his father to feed him. Lust means, we can’t wait, it is when we want to live in our own way, rather than trusting in God.
There are three elements, we discover, in these temptations of Jesus by the devil:
- Doubt he was the son of God.
- To distrust his Father’s promise to supply all his needs, and
- Lusting for something he wanted before God was willing to give these to him.
These three temptations of Jesus are about the lust of the flesh, all about pride and all about power.
Today we reflect on these three temptations of Jesus and how we can apply this in our own life: How often do we try to follow our own way, rather than trust in God, how often are we full of pride and for this reason cannot find peace and harmony among us. And how often do we want to have, or to hold power to control and dominate others.