Readings for the First Sunday of Lent: Matthew 4:1-11
This Sunday's Gospel reading comes from Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV):
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these sones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written,
'One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from
the mouth of God.'"
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
'He will command his angels
and 'On their hands they will bear
so that you will not dash your foot
against a stone.'"
Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
'Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.'"
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.