Lent, Day 6

“Lent, Day 6”
Gospel Acclamation from Matthew 4:4b
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written:

‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:1-4

Adam (humankind) is neither angel nor animal, but “composed of spirit and body” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 327).  Once the sense appetites are sated, he roams the earth restlessly searching for meaning and life.

Animals do not fast; their hunger ends with the stomach. Adam’s yearning soars to the heavens and comes to rest only in the eternal God. The first Adam fell as the hierarchy of spirit and body was turned upside down: the lure of forbidden fruit banished the word of the Lord from his heart. The last Adam summoned the powerful words of Moses in the desert to rebuke the tempter: 

Remember how for these forty years the Lord, your God, has directed all your journeying in the wilderness, so as to test you by affliction, to know what was in your heart: to keep his commandments, or not. He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your ancestors, so you might know that it is not by bread alone that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord. 

Deuteronomy 8:2-3

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