Holy Thursday retreat: Temptation in the desert
Let us begin with the story
of Jesus' temptation in the desert.
It's a very important event –
reported in all 3 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
It’s also a very telling event
because it shows us how
even the Son of God was himself tempted.
It’s hard to imagine, but just like us,
Jesus experienced what it means
to be vulnerable
to the deceptions and murmurings of the devil.
Read the Scripture passage prayerfully,
and as you do so, imagine yourself in the scene,
silently watching the Lord and imagining how he must feel.
Think about the 3 temptations,
and ask yourself: "Which one might have been the toughest
for the Lord to resist? Why?"
Remember, in this recollection, you set your own pace,
so feel free to go back to passages that strike you
or touch you.
Begin – and end – whenever you are ready.
If you wish, play this piece of instrumental music
to set the mood and help you
read the text slowly and contemplatively.
(If you can't access this embedded Scribd document, you can also click this link or open your Bible to Matthew 4: 1-11.)