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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

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Introduction

With the cel­eb­ra­tion of Ash Wed­nes­day, Chris­ti­ans all over the world (par­tic­u­larly, the Cath­ol­ic Church) begin an import­ant and unique moment in their litur­gic­al cel­eb­ra­tions and spir­itu­al life – the sea­son of Lent. The Len­ten sea­son recalls the bib­lic­al peri­od of forty days and forty nights Jesus spent in the desert in pre­par­a­tion for his mis­sion. Jesus’ forty days and forty nights in the desert recalls the forty days and forty nights that Moses spent on the Moun­tain dur­ing his encounter with God, and where he neither ate nor drank for forty days and forty nights (cf. Exod 24:18; 34:18; Deut 9:9–25; 10:10). It also refers to the forty days and forty nights Eli­jah walked before reach­ing Mount Horeb (cf. 1Kgs 19:8). Luke 4:1–13 is about the tempta­tion and mis­sion of Jesus. From it and with it, we must learn how to over­come temptation.

To be tempted…

Accord­ing to Luke (4:1–2), when he, full of the Holy Spir­it returned from the Jordan, “…Jesus was led by the Spir­it in the wil­der­ness where for forty days he was temp­ted by the diabo­los.” What exactly does it mean to be temp­ted? The Greek verb peirazō could be used both in the good sense as well as in the bad sense. In the good sense as when God wants to try His people, peirazō means prove, put to test, try (cf. Heb 11:17). In the bad sense as refer­ring to a person’s unfriendly inten­tion towards God, or entice­ment to sin, the same verb means test, try, prove, tempt (cf. Matt 16:1; Gal 6:1). In Jesus’ encounter with the Satan in Luke 4:1–13, peirazō is used in the neg­at­ive sense because Satan’s inten­tion was to entice Jesus to sin. In our con­text there­fore, peirazō means to soli­cit to sin. The evil sense comes from its use for an evil purpose. 

Conclusion  

The Satan wanted Jesus to put his own will and desire above the will of his Fath­er. He wanted Jesus to act and live inde­pend­ently of God. We must always remem­ber our depend­ence on God because, sep­ar­ated from him, we are noth­ing and can do noth­ing (cf. John 15:5). Giv­ing in to these tempta­tions means sac­ri­fi­cing our hap­pi­ness for a short-term gain. What shall it profit you to gain the whole world and lose your own soul (Mark 8:36)? After his bap­tism, the spir­it of God des­cen­ded on Jesus. It was this same spir­it that led him to the desert where he had his retreat before his mis­sion. He was able to defeat the Satan because he allowed him­self to be guided by the spir­it of God. From the look of things, the spir­it of God, which Chris­ti­ans received dur­ing bap­tism, appear to have no role in their words and actions. Many of them have sub­sti­tuted the Holy Spir­it with their own mere human spirit.

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I‑II-III)!! The reflec­tion for the 1st Sunday of Lent © is found in vol. III pages 158–161. See also vol. I, pages 132–149. Happy reading!

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