Offers food for thought
Readings: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 1; Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19; Matthew 4:1-11
In today’s Gospel, the garden of temptation becomes the desert of temptation. Our Lord fasts and prays before beginning his public ministry, and, like all of us, he too has to face temptation in making the right choices. Unlike Adam, Jesus stands firm in the will of the Father. In the encounter with the enemy, Jesus demonstrates how to successfully navigate the path to holiness. God’s will for us and others should always shape our choices. We need to trust God if we are to make right choices. Scripture helps us to know his will. Serving God should always shape our choices.
If he is not in first for us, then our choices will become increasingly self serving. When we are hungry, weak and vulnerable, we have difficulty standing firm in God’s will and through our choices, all sorts of evil takes hold. This is going to happen during lent, for those of us who are sincerely committed to our Lenten journey of purification.
The temptations come in many forms, but the power to stand firm comes through clinging to the word of God, the will of God, being one in God.
Peace doesn't just happen; it's made.
CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.