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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections - Sunday 9th March 2014

Sunday 9th March 2014

Gospel, Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil.
2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry,
3 and the tester came and said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.'
4 But he replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'
5 The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple.
6 'If you are Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down; for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, and they will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.'
7 Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'
8 Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.
9 And he said to him, 'I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.'
10 Then Jesus replied, 'Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: The Lord your God is the one to whom you must do homage, him alone you must serve.'
11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.

Reflection by Kim Lee:
Many people think that when we are tempted we should fight back. Actually, that's probably the most dangerous thing you could do. In the extreme example of an exorcism, if one does not enter into the place of the exorcism under the authority of the Church, then one could be utterly destroyed. Satan (the devil) loves it when we speak to him, when we fight back, because he knows he will win. In fact, if we fight back, and talk to him, and engage in conversation with him, he helps us to be further tempted, knowing our weakness and psychology - which "buttons" to press etc. The best way to fight temptation is not to wish it away or to get into a conversation with evil, but to ask our Lord and our Lady to protect you. Go in with the authority of the Church to protect you, with the authority of God. 
I know a number of people who try to do away with temptation. This is a mistake. Everyone who takes their faith seriously is tempted at some point. Rather than trying to get rid of temptation, we should ask God for His grace to make us stronger. It is one thing to know that we should love God and centre our lives on Him, but it is something totally different, and very much true conversion for us to truly believe that, especially when times are hard. 

Lent Giving: Reflect on Ephesians 6:10-20. Put yourself under the authority of God through the Church and pray for all those who are struggling with trials and temptation.

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