In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
In the Collect we asked God to “be our defense against all our enemies.” The historic Sunday Gospels in the season of Lent show us what our enemies are. Two weeks ago, we learned about the temptation of the devil. Last week, we learned that God allows our faith to be tested so that it becomes the strongest it can be, and our flesh would rather give in instead of allowing faith to do its work against temptation. Today, once again, we learn that our enemy is the devil who wants nothing more than to see to it that our last state is worse than our first. In other words, he doesn’t just want us to be sinners who did not know God’s Law and therefore didn’t know any better. He wants us to be hardened sinners who very much know God’s Law and intentionally, spitefully do the exact opposite.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).