Temptation, the Church, and ticking off the Devil with Fr. Mark McKercher

Temptation, the Church, and ticking off the Devil with Fr. Mark McKercher.  Fr. McKercher offers insight on how to battle the enemy.

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Gospel MT 4:1-11

At that time 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 on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth
from the mouth of God
.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone
.”
Jesus answered him,
“Again it is written,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
At this, Jesus said to him,
“Get away, Satan!
It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.”

Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.

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16 thoughts on “Temptation, the Church, and ticking off the Devil with Fr. Mark McKercher”

  1. I hadn’t thought of the importance of communal resistance of the devil in quite this way before. It makes such good since. Thanks Father for this talk!

  2. Thank you Fr. McKercher for this meditation-it is a reminder that we will all experience our moments in the desert as Jesus did, but with the members of Christ’s Body, and the Sacraments-found in The Church-we find our strength!

  3. “Serviam”, who is like unto God? If God is for us, who can stand against! Thanks Father for the reminder we need one another, and lone wolves die lonely deaths. Even hermits and monks rely on the power of numbers found in their community within the nourishing power of Holy Mother Church!

  4. Father,
    Great to hear what St. Thomas had to say….he just makes sense. The issue of being part of
    a community is something I have “preached” for years, i.e., how important it is. Anyway, love your idea of this community however short-lived. That’s thinking out of the box! Thank you!

    Praying for Sophia!

  5. Just what I needed to hear! Thank you, Father!

    Prayers for Esther-

    Just what I needed to hear!

    Thank you, Father!

    Prayers for Esther!

  6. Thanks so much Father!!! Great idea for praying the Our Father for the one above is in these posts. I particularly need help with resisting temptation since I did get off to a rocky start this lent but am on fire for Jesus this morning and know I cannot do this alone. I surrender to the Lord Jesus. Please pray for me. God bless you!!!
    Mary Beth

    • I need to correct as this refreshed Mar Beth is now the name above mine. I have now prayed an Our Father for Mary Beth.

  7. I am a day late in watching this. But what a powerful idea – joining with others to defend ourselves! I will pray now for Teresa.

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