Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, March 11, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for March 13, first Sunday of Lent: Matthew 4:1-11

My Reflections:
There’s this story of a man who’ve been faithful to his wife all throughout their marriage. When he was asked on what was the secret of his faithfulness, he answered: “I always remember the sacred vows of our marriage when we were wed in the church, I pray for moral strength and I’ve learned the secret on how to avoid temptations or tempting situations by rejecting it and running away from it.  This faithful man was rewarded by God with an almost perfect married life.

Everyday in our lives the devil is always there to bait us with his wicked temptations that is to steal, to cheat on your spouse and to do other wicked things that Satan always offers us.

What is the antidote to all these temptations? It’s our perpetual connection with God; let us always remember that the devil is constantly at our backs ever ready to bait us with his temptations. Once he sees that we are not all the time connected with God. He will present himself as an alternative; he sugarcoats his evil temptations with attractive things.

For example, to possess money that is not ours or to accept bribes; who will not be tempted by money that we have not worked for? To be in an adulterous relationship; nowadays it’s so effortless for men and women to commit adultery, to abort an innocent child inside your womb. There are countless more temptations that are in the wicked possession of Satan.

 Almost all of us are candidates to grab these temptations. But it’s actually not impossible for us to reject these immoral enticements by the devil.

How did Jesus rejected these three temptations by the devil? On each temptation He was always invoking the name of God in His words and deeds.

So it’s the same with us; as long as we are always connected with God in our worship and in our deeds we are safe to avoid the many attractive baits of the devil.

Are we always connected with God in our worship and deeds?

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