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Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.

Updated: Mar 9

We pray this almost every day. But what does it mean? Consider the Lenten season we are in, which parallels the wilderness season of fasting and prayer in Christ's own temptation. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses," writes the author of Hebrews, "but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Historically, Lent involves three activities: alms-giving, fasting, and prayer. Each of these is significant in its own way, but prayer occupies the central role during this time.


Considering our human frailty in temptation, we focus on prayer because man is weak and because Christ is not. "In the world ye shall have tribulation," says our Lord, "but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." This is the narrative that we are reminded of and that we personally live out in the Lenten season of preparation as it is resolved and fulfilled in the celebration of Easter.


Here is the collect for the first Sunday in Lent:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



AGENDA FOR THE WEEK:

  1. Prayer & Catechism

  2. Continue the Biblical Study of "Satan"

  3. Check annotations and discuss the reading

  4. Study Homer's Iliad (have your books!)

  5. Yesterday we read Book 23

  6. Tuesday we read Book 24 (and hopefully finish the Iliad)

  7. Wednesday we review all the books in a memory palace; we begin working through the Iliad Study Guide.


REVIEW HW:


  1. Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Pray, that you may not stumble.

  2. Study for the The Iliad Exam: see Study Guide for the Iliad


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As we contemplate the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, it is fitting for us to engage in a word study of "satan" in the Scriptures. So our study of the "adversary" continues. Consider below Flandes version of Christ's temptation in the wilderness. Note the physical features that define Satan. Note what he is carrying.


JUAN DE FLANDES The Temptation of Christ c. 1500 Oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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