FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
March 1, 2020
WORD of the DAY
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written:
‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4: 1-4)
How shall I live this Word?
The charm of evil, the pursuit of pleasure, the desire for transgression, we often feel them present in our life: ‘once only, what harm is there!’
And we say it with confidence, trying to convince ourselves that ‘evil can’t hurt us’ and that ‘evil isn’t only bad’, that ‘temptation is not so dangerous’, that we are masters of our lives and of our choices. And from temptation we pass slowly, to the deliberate choice of sin, and we fall into it, making habitual what is not good, sure that we are the strongest and the freest.
But the temptations that are and always will be in our life are nothing more than a moment in which we are called to repeat the choice and return to our vocation: Lord, despite everything, and for everything, I choose you again and forever.
Lord, help us to recognize temptations and resist them, overcome them with faith and with prayer and not trivialize them, rather making overcoming them be the strong point of our holiness.
The voice of Archbishop Boccardo, of Spoleto-Norcia
Each temptation allows us to know ourselves. Our resistance to temptation, on the other hand, reveals our inner strength. Here then the temptation becomes a fundamental moment of self-knowledge. This is why among the first sayings of Anthony, the abba of the monks, there is this: “No one who has not known temptations will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, remove temptations, and nobody will be saved .” In short, temptation is the hour of truth.
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