An American philanthropist went to Israel to inspect several Houses of Worship to which he had been sending contributions. In an obscure corner of Negev he met with the rabbi of an impoverished synagogue. “We need more help,” the rabbi pleaded. “This place is falling apart and the congregation is too poor to do anything about it.” “Tell me, rabbi, how much do they pay you?” the visitor asked. “Twenty five dollars a month,” said the rabbi. “That’s all these poor people can afford.” “But how do you manage to live on that?” came the next question. “Well, I’m a religious man,” said the rabbi, “and if I didn’t fast three times a week, I’d starve to death.”
Today’s Gospel Lesson is the story of that supremely good religious man named Jesus who went into an obscure corner of the desert in Israel where He fasted for forty days without starving to death. “Jesus was led by the Spirit for forty days in the…
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