Lent: the Temptations of Christ

Jesus in the desert
fasting forty days,
wrestles with the devil,
offers God the praise;

Hears the tempter saying,
"Turn these stones to bread;"
answers with conviction,
"Feed upon God's Word!"

Soon the tempter beckons
at the temple roof -
"Angels will uphold you,
throw yourself right off."

Jesus, from the scriptures,
inwardly assured,
signals the commandment
"Do not tempt the Lord."

Daringly the tempter
promises the earth
if God's Son will only
recognise his worth.

Jesus reprimands him
in the Spirit's power:
"God alone is worthy!
Go, this very hour."

Undeterred, the tempter
softly steals away.
To us, as to Jesus,
he'll return some day.

When we face false choices -
evil dressed as good -
give us wise discernment
and your courage, Lord.

David Mowbray (b.1938)
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