1st Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
16 Feb 2018

Each of us is involved in a constant struggle against temptation.  We see from the Gospel that Jesus too was tempted.  Hence, he understands our weakness in the face of temptation.  And because He understands us, he can help us. Hence, we can approach him with confidence, knowing that we will have mercy from him and find grace in our time of need.  What we need to understand is that the things that tempt us to abandon our goal are not always bad. More often than not they are good, and that is what makes it so hard to resist them.  The most painful choices are often between the good and the best.   What we also need to understand is that the devil doesn’t appear as a repulsive character.  He appears as an attractive, charming character, even a friend.  He appears to have your best interests at heart ~ as when he offered Jesus bread and all the kingdoms of the world.  We need wisdom and strength to be able to resist temptations, especially those that come under the guise of good.