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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 1st (C) of Lent

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Gospel text (Lk 4,1-13): Jesus was now full of Holy Spirit. As He returned from the Jordan, the Spirit led him into the desert where He was tempted by the devil for forty days (…). Then the devil took him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the nations of the world. And he said to Jesus, «I can give you power over all the nations and their wealth will be yours, for power and wealth have been delivered to me and I give them to whom I wish. All this will be yours provided you worship me». But Jesus replied, «Scripture says: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve him alone’» (…).

The temptation of worldly messianism

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the devil leads Jesus in a vision to a high place. He shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glories, and offers Him the power to rule over the world. But isn’t this precisely the mission of the Messiah?

Later on the Risen Lord will bring his disciples together on the mountain and say to them: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt 28:18). Only the One, who has all this power possesses the true power, the saving power. Without heaven the worldly power is always ambiguous and weak. Only the power which arises under the discretion and the judgment of heaven, i.e. of God, can be a power for the good.

- There is still another aspect: Jesus has this power as the Risen, which means that this power implies the cross, his death. It implies another mountain, the Golgotha, where He died nailed to the cross. The kingdom of Christ is different from the kingdoms of the world and their glories ...