As you begin your time with God, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
Matthew 4:3-4 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 by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'”
Children often see rules as little more than a limit placed on being free to do as they please. Many adults, too, live under this illusion. In the same way he tempted Jesus, the devil wants us to “make our own rules.” In his response, Jesus sets out the truth that following the Word of God is a source of life. In the Commandments we find God’s rules for life. By following these rules, we will remain connected to him and to each other. Our faithfulness is made evident by our choices, not only in what we avoid but also in what we choose to do.
(Speak to Jesus in these words or your own.)
Jesus, thank you for your example of faithfulness to God. Grant me the grace to listen attentively and live by every word that comes from the mouth of God.