First Sunday of Lent
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 (The Temptation of Jesus)
Temptation is a horrible thing we all face. Temptation always goes after our weakest most vulnerable desires. Our inner strength must be strong, so strong that that even our desires don’t collapse under the opportunity to acquire that which we desire the most. I love chocolate and I confess even when I am trying to cut back and look after my figure; OK that was a joke, I don’t “look after my figure”; I just try to be healthy from time to time. But even when I have great intentions I fail from time to time when chocolate is nearby and I know it wouldn’t really hurt to have just a little.
We must remember that temptation is bait that draws us into our sins. We need to be very aware of that in a very positive way. Staying alert and in tune with that which destroys us spiritually; will help us stay in tune with that which helps us be strong spiritually in times of temptation. Being aware of these things is what will help us get through the temptations much stronger than if we are naive to them. God knows the measure we can handle, we won’t be pushed to the point of no return. Look at scripture:
Pondering these thoughts today: Temptation in many ways is the litmus test to our faith. How much do we love Jesus? How much are we willing to neglect our own desires to stay true to our Lord? If we are such easy prey to fall victim to sin and offend our Lord; how true is our love for Him? God knows all that we do, including our hearts intentions and even if we come up with some elaborate explanation to make it acceptable, it doesn’t make it right. Sin is sin and temptation is usually the doorway to our sins. We need to make sure Jesus is at the doorway to help us not open that door.
LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
Sunday’s during Lent: We pray the Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony on the Garden (Sorrow for sin) –Matt 26:36-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) –Mark 15:1-16
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage) –Matt 27:27-31
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) –Mark 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance) –Luke 23:33-46
Thank you Lord for loving us so much…
Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-sorrowful-mysteries_11.html