First Sunday in Lent
Week of: March 5, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
(Matthew 4:4, NRSV)
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about a transgression I had committed in my youth. Her response was, "Sounds like you had a human moment." Yes, yes, it was a human moment. I crossed a boundary because I wanted something for myself. I was feeling the temptation in its presentation and took the bait.
In this scripture, Christ reminds us that we are all tempted. We have human moments; we are not infallible, impervious to the human needs which often present themselves in our daily journey. We experience Christ’s empathetic gift of resisting that which does not provide true sustenance. In moments of weakness, strength comes from our desire to remain true to God’s word over and above that which takes attention away from the Creator’s purpose for life.
So when we next encounter a distracting "human moment," let us use Christ as our guide to rise above the din of earthbound, temporary happiness. We do not live by bread alone. We live in the knowledge that God is permanence and offers the promise of eternal life.
Prayerfully consider ...
How to engage your worship artists in experiencing worship through bread.
Filling a sanctuary with the smell of freshly baked bread for this Sunday will communicate the human temptation of hunger that can become Holy Communion with the Bread of life. Distraction becomes inspiration when Christ invites us to the table and helps us rise.
Everlasting God, help us to remember Christ’s strength in the face of temptation. Let it be the inspiration when we struggle in our daily walk amongst distractions. Amen.