First Sunday of Lent – Year A 29th February / 1st March, 2020

This gospel text follows immediately from the baptism of Jesus. The final words of that text come from the voice from heaven: ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ It is interesting that his tempter, the devil, uses the words ‘If you are the Son of God…’ to introduce two of his temptations. In this way, the devil is disputing the claim from heaven and trying to force Jesus to prove his sonship.