We are at the beginning of the public life of Jesus. At his baptism he received the Holy Spirit and heard the Father declare him to be his Beloved Son. Soon after, the Spirit drove him into the desert. The temptation story summarizes different moments in the life of Jesus. Jesus is tempted to question the specific mission he had received as the beloved Son from his Father. In all these instances, he chose to remain faithful to his Father rather than to seek some personal glory through spectacular miracles. Satan leaves him for now, but the final temptation will be in Jerusalem, during his passion (Luke 22). The temptations of Jesus recall those of the people of Israel in the desert after they left Egypt. The first temptation reminds us of the moment when the Israelites in the wilderness experienced hunger and murmured. God spoke to them and gave them food (Deut 8:3). Jesus recalls this event and reminds the tempter and all of us that only the word of God is the true food of God’s children (Luke 4:4). The second temptation recalls that Israel was tempted to believe that the gods of their powerful neighbors were greater. The miraculous powers of Jesus could have been an opportunity for him to get glory for himself. But, he reminds the devil that only God is to be served (Luke 4:8; Deut 6:13). Power is a great temptation. We want to be powerful by all means because only powerful people count in our world. But in reality, all power and glory belong to God. The third temptation is to ask God for an extraordinary sign of protection by jumping from the top of the Temple. Jesus reminds us that trying to force God to act in our place, like Israel in the desert before their problem of water, is to put God to the test (Luke 4:11; Deut 6:16).