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Sep 28th
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Saturday, 28 February 2009 12:21

T he devil tries us in a similar way. The devil tempts us precisely by taking advantage of the needs and weaknesses of human nature.


After fasting for forty days and forty nights, our Lord must have been very weak. Here He is in the wilderness; He feels hungry just like any other man in such circumstances. This is the moment the tempter chooses to come forward with the proposition that He should turn the stones that lie around him into the bread He needs and longs for so desperately.


J esus not only declines the food which his body requires, but also rejects a greater temptation: That of using his divine power to solve, if we can express it so, a personal problem …


How generous Our Lord is in humbling himself and fully accepting his human condition! He does not use his divine power to escape from difficulties or avoid effort. Let us pray that He will teach us to be tough, to love work, to appreciate the human and divine nobility of savoring the consequences of self-giving (J. Escrivá, loc cit).


This passage of the Gospel teaches us too to be particularly watchful over ourselves and over those whom we have a special obligation to help in their moments of weakness and tiredness: to be alert when we ourselves are going through a bad patch. It is at such moments that the devil chooses to tempt us more fiercely, so that our lives may turn away from God’s will and follow a different path.


First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm: Psalm 25:4-9
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

With permission from Scepter UK.  Short excerpts from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez.  

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