Lent 8

Can stones be Bread?

In this wilderness,
can stones be bread
to meet the needs of self;
make sure my flesh is fed?
I take my own steps
to ensure my wealth

After a long time of deprivation,
am I my weakest, or strongest?
Loss and disappointment
will not beat me, nor wear me down,
but ensure that I will not bow
or submit my heart’s passion
to anything short of
my own highest call.

Spiritual ministry arrives.
The battle was almost
more than I could bear.
But I did not bow the knee.

March 5th, 2012.
JM

Matthew 4:5-12 (NIV)
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:  “‘He will command his angels concerning you,  and they will lift you up in their hands,  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also 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. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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