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  • Rom. 6: 23 The wage of sin is death.
  • Bread- basic commodity during the time of Jesus- it symbolizes all human food, material wealth and the goods of the earth
  • - Which means that beyond our human needs or wants lies a deeper need - the need for the WORD OF GOD and His breath, the Holy Spirit
  • - Which means that beyond our human needs or wants lies a deeper need - the need for the WORD OF GOD and His breath, the Holy Spirit
  • Satan wants Jesus to have a spectacular display of power by throwing Himself down in the presence of people in order to gain instant FAME
  • Jn. 6: 14-15 Jesus to be made King by the people after performing the miracle of the loaves
  • Satan is giving Jesus an idea of having instant success in His mission
  • Which means that miracles are not demanded of God as evidence of His care for manGod’s power is not for sensational or foolish Mt. 16: 1 Pharisees asking for signs display but for genuine concern and love
  • Mt. 15: 32 Jesus’ concern for the people
  • Mt. 20: 28 The son of man came to serve and not to be served
  • Which tells us that God should only be our only God and nobody else
  • Mt. 26: 39 Christ’s faithfulness to His Father
  • Jn. 18: 36 Kingship of Christ
  • 7 Capital Sins p.31Knowing the Capital Sins is a way of exposing the wiles of the devil.
  • Ways to avoid falling into Temptation p.33

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  • Temptation  the enticement or invitation to do evil Sin  when we fall into temptation or when we cooperate with the devil’s enticements
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights- Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness
  • 1st Temptation: Turning of stones into Bread
  • Christ’s Response: “Man does not live on Bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”
  • WORD OF GOD over material needs and wants
  • Jesus as the Son of God also relies not on His own power but on the will of His Father
  • SO WHAT’S MY “BREAD” RIGHT NOW? AM I MATERIALISTIC? DO I GIVE PRIORITY TO GOD AND HIS WORDS OVER MATERIAL WEALTH?
  • 2nd Temptation: Throw yourself down for the angels will take care of you
  • TEMPLE – seat of Jewish power
  • Christ’s Response: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
  •  MIRACLES are not demanded of God as evidence of His care for man
  • God’s power is for genuine concern and love
  • Do you seek fame? Do you put God to the test by demanding signs or miracles? Do you live by faith and not by sight?
  • 3rd Temptation: All these (kingdoms of the world) I will give to you if you will fall on your knees and worship me.
  • the third temptation signifies POWER over the earth even to the point of disregarding God
  • Christ’s Response: “You shall do homage to the Lord your God; Him alone shall you adore and Him alone shall you serve.”
  • -It expresses Christ’s faithfulness to His Father
  • -Christ’s kingdom is not one of earthly power and wealth like those of David and Solomon
  • -Christ’s kingdom or the kingdom of God refers to the reign of justice, peace, hope, joy and love
  • -Christ’s kingdom is eternal
  • Do I have the right understanding of power? Do I have the desire to dominate or to become superior over the others? Do I believe that leadership coincides with service?
  • “The victory of Jesus over Satan, the Tempter, anticipates His victory at the Passion, the supreme act of obedience of His filial love for the Father.”
  • So, what particular Sin or Temptation am I struggling against right now?
  • How do I overcome my sinful tendencies?
  • O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
  • I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
  • Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God - cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
  • “The Most Horrible SIN of the Century is the loss of the sense of SIN.” Bl. John Paul II