18 Feb 2020; Temptations!

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Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

When was the last time you were tempted to do something wrong? A month? A week? This morning? Peter Marshall, former Chaplain for the United States Senate, said, “It’s no sin to be tempted. It isn’t the fact of having temptations that should cause us shame, but what we do with them.The first reading today narrates us the necessity of enduring trials patiently. It is an opportunity to conquer. It is an opportunity to receive the crown of life that the Lord gives to those who love him. With a lot of desire to renew yourselves, you turn up for a spiritual exercise but you suffer a lot, ever more than you faced in the previous stage. And you question God. Why have You done this to me when I attempt to come closer.

Dear reader, do you love him who created you? Do you love the one who was tempted in the wilderness for your sake? Do you love him who was humiliated even to the point of facing crucifixion for the sake of your wretched sin. Let your affirmation may be manifested in your deeds of endurance. God understands the problem of temptation and has given you a way out. These facts—that God is faithful, that He will not allow you to be tempted more than you are able to stand and that, along with the temptation, He provides a way out of it—encourage you to know you can conquer your temptation. Let us therefore wear the spiritual weapons of faith hope and charity to fight against the evil one.

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