February 18, 2018/ Sunday
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15
The Temptations of Jesus
As an example to us, Jesus shows us that temptations came to Him just like it comes to us. He allows these to come to us as a means to purify us, as a challenge us to strive for holiness, to strengthen and polish us. “
Blessed is he who endures trial” said St James the Apostle, “for when we have withstood the test, we would be ready for the crown of glory from God.” We need not go through what Jesus did, but it is accepting our difficulties with peace and joy. We need to develop that toughness, savour the hardships, reject the temptation to shortcut, or do away with ethics, or find the easy way out....
“and lead us not into temptation” ....
Let us ask for God’s grace to make us strong, give us the weapons to be fight off this battle with all humility. Let us ask Mama Mary, Refuge of Sinners and the Afflicted, to help us in our journey this Lent.