Tag: Temptation

The Desert As A Place Of Privileged Encounter With God

On this First Sunday of Lent, our readings today take us from the Garden of Eden to the Desert. As the season of Lent always does, we are reminded today of the reality of sin and its consequences.  In our first reading today, Genesis tells us that in the beginning man and woman enjoyed a loving relationship with each other, with God, and with all of creation.  To a certain extent, every human heart still longs for such a properly ordered life, and we believers seek such a life through faith, hope and love.  At […]

Jesus Overcomes Doubt And Confusion Of Satan And Helps Us Do The Same

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (4:1-13) recalls Jesus’ temptations in the desert for forty days.  One practical consideration for us is this temptation follows immediately upon the heals of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan.  At the Baptism, Jesus is revealed as God’s Son.  Jesus receives the Holy Spirit.  In this moment, the ministry of Jesus begins, as does the Father’s will to save the world from sin. It is not uncommon for all of us to have these powerful experiences of God’s presence at work in our own life, whether during a time of retreat, […]

The Temptations of Jesus Reveal the Nature of Sin in Our Human Life:

We have today another well- known moment in the life of Jesus.  The familiarity of these Gospel stories can work against us in that we can too quickly dismiss the accounts as if to say: “I’ve heard this before, tell me something I do not know.”  But have we ‘dug into’ this account to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the depths of its meaning; the application of that meaning to my own life? We see in this account Jesus at the beginning of his public ministry, immediately following his revelation as the Son of […]

Infinite Presence

At times, we can become overwhelmed by the realities of our day, the demands of our walk of life.  In such moments, we can lose sleep, or be tempted to the “usual, sinful habits” as a means of “release” or escape.  But we all know that these responses never really work, but only add to the sense of tension, and now add to it the reality of sin, which often leads to a sense of shame and low self-esteem.  As our Lenten journey continues, the more we take our call to conversion seriously, we can also […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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