Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Advent Angels 11

The story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, told very briefly in Mark’s Gospel, unlike Matthew and Luke’s version, ends with the enigmatic statement that “the angels waited on him”. No explanation is given of what these angels are doing, but the impression is that they are in some way caring for him.

The wilderness was regarded in the time of Jesus as a place of danger, the haunt of demons, literally a wild place, where wild things were. Jesus has met one of those “wild things”, the rebel angel the Bible calls Satan, the accuser. He has not given in to his temptations, but at the end of such a struggle it is easy to see how he might need the ministry of the angels.

·         When you have been through a tough time, what helps you to regain your balance and energy?

·         Who or what are the “angels” you need to wait on you, the messages you need to hear at that time?

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