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).

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Friday, February 15, 2013

My Reflections for February 17, First Sunday of Lent: Luke 4:1-13

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, one does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.

The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.
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My Reflections:
A corrupt government official was always being admonished by her father to stop her corrupt activities. She would always reason out that it’s very hard for her to resist the temptation of money. She said, everything is okay there’s nothing to worry about. Indeed, nobody caught her corruption until she died. When she was about to enter the gates of heaven, saint Peter denied her entry because according to him she was corrupt when she was still alive.

A man gave in to the temptation of an immoral affair, he was always being advised by his sister to cut-off the immoral relationship. But it continued, he reasoned out that nobody would ever catch them. Indeed, nobody caught them but when they died they were both denied entry into the gates of heaven.  

Today is the first Sunday of Lent and we read that Jesus was tempted by the devil three times. The first one is to transform the stone to become bread, second is to worship the devil in exchange for power and glory and the third is to jump from the parapet. Filled with the Holy Spirit Jesus rejected these three temptations after which He walked away from the devil.

Why do we succumb to temptations? Why can’t we refuse or simply walk away from the devil? The answer is very simple! We have a superficial faith in God; we treat God like an object that we would only use at our convenience. We seek God when we need Him but when we have no need of Him we discard Him in exchange for the many evils or temptations of this world. This kind of behavior is brought about by our weak faith in Jesus.

It will pay us great dividends if we would take our relationship with Jesus seriously. The first dividend is we can easily reject temptations no matter how attractive. The second is we will have a serene family life that will extend up to our descendants. The third is we will have a hassle free entry into the gates of heaven and there are many more dividends that are in store for us.

In this season of Lent let us take very seriously our journey with Jesus. Let us further build and strengthen our relationship with HIM. …

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