From Our Pastor — March 5, 2017 Bulletin Message
The Tempter…and The Victor!
The devil is called “the tempter” in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus, in his humanity, was tempted. He evidently received some help from the angels and avoided giving in to these temptations, and his divinity shines through and is victorious over the tempter in this scenario, and certainly in his Resurrection.
If we are honest with ourselves, there is something that we “like” about giving into temptation, at least for a fleeting moment. If there was nothing seemingly attractive about it, it would have no appeal to us at all.
However, when that appeal or pleasure quickly morphs into guilt and shame, we begin to “feel” the effects of sin. We battle with our conscience, know we have done wrong, and desire to return into communion with The One who gains victory for us ….The Christ!
The opportunity to return to full communion with God, his church and the natural world is always available to us, most powerfully in the sacrament of reconciliation. Take up the Lord’s invitation this Lent during the numerous times this sacrament is offered at St. Alphonsus, and around the diocese, and join in his victory.
Author Mentioned Last Weekend
A number of you asked me after Mass last weekend about the author whom I quoted in the homily … Fr. Henri Nouwen. My favorite Nouwen book is “Life of the Beloved,” but all of his books are fantastic reads. They are not meant to be read from cover to cover in one or two sittings. Rather, read 10-15 minutes at a time, each day; re-read a paragraph that sticks out to you; underline and make notes on the pages. This is a form of prayer that Nouwen’s gift of communicating via the written page affords us.
Yours in Christ,