Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days to undergo temptation. As we reflect on this experience of Our Lord, remember Jesus did not need to be tempted for His own sake. Jesus is the Son of God. He was sinless.
My brothers and sisters, we live in a fallen world, and Our Lord has taken on our
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Our Lord defeated the devil, and in doing so He has taught us how to strive to overcome the tactics of the devil through the power of God!
In fact, we live in a time today of great temptations, and these temptations will become more intense as we come closer to Our Lord’s second coming. The devil is destroying marriages. He is destroying families. He is destroying souls!
Yet, his time is short. This is why he is so active in the world today. Therefore, the Gospel teaches us that we must be on guard.
We put God to the test whenever we place ourselves in the near occasion of sin! Therefore, today’s Gospel calls us to know our weaknesses. We must learn to recognize what can lead us to fall from God’s grace. For example, if we have trouble encountering pornography we should not be on the
computer or look at material that we know will tempt us.
Each one of us is baptized. In our baptism we made a promise to renounce satan, all his empty works and all his empty promises. This promise we not only make on the day of our baptism, we make it every day of our lives!
As we enter into this season of Lent, let us strive to become more aware of the temptations in our own lives. Let us strive for God’s protection from all evil through prayer and frequent use of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and Confession. May God keep us and protect us. Amen.