In the wilderness Jesus did not engage with the devil's temptations.

jesus tempted 1.jpg

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

March 10, 2019

In    the    wilderness     Jesus    did    not    engage     with    the    devil's temptations. He simply quote the Word of God in scripture. God's Word has power, even over the demons. Jesus' experience teaches us that there is , nothing wrong with being tempted. It's how we react to the temptation that matters. Pope St. Leo the Great tells us that "Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without  strife."  The  temptation  of  Jesus  throughout  his  ministry  was widely  held  in early  Christianity. The  Letter  to  the  Hebrews  tells  us, "For do we not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. " The source of grace for us is the word of God. On Ash Wednesday  the  invitation  was  to  believe  the  good  news  and  repent. That  is where  we  may  find  life  and  strength  to persevere.  We remain followers of  Christ not because  of bishops, but because of Jesus Christ.

The word  of  God  in His  gospel  remains  life-giving  and  strong. Jesus I shows us that temptations  happen  often to take us off  the path. But as the Palmist reminds us "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto ' my path."(  Psalm 119:105) At a time where scandals of the Church have left us broken,  tested,  and dismayed, it is the spirit who led Jesus into the  desert  (tempted) keeps him  strong there,  will  do the  same for  us . who believe. As St. Teresa of Avila rightly states "His Majesty [the Lord ]   '

rewards great services with trials, and there can be no better reward, for out of trials springs love for God."                                    

-fr. Peter Damian, O.P