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