Sunday's Reflection Series #3: Don't Be Tempted
This article is in continuation to my previous articles, the Sunday Reflection Series.
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So, today's Sunday and I decided to write again about my realizations and reflection about today's readings. First of all, I just want to share with you what happened at church earlier today. As we go there, the weather was gloomy and the rain was heavy woth moderate winds, it was as if there's a storm coming but we didn't let it stop us from going to church.
For today's reading, it's from Luke 4:1-13.
It's about Jesus who was sent into the desert by the Holy Spirit for 40 days with no food and the devil keeps on tempting Him. Jesus never gave in to the temptations and trusted God even more of what is already written.
You can look the full gospel reading here: http://www.godgossip.org/calendar-of-readings/gospel-for-sunday
The presiding priest highlighted the part where Jesus, the Son of God, made a sacrifice for us as he became man to show us that even as a man we can be able to keep away from temptations and wrongdoings in life just as He did. Also, the priest highlighted that we shouldn't be greedy of the wordly things we had, if you got an extra pair of shoes, you might just wanna share it with those who have none. Sharing is caring as the cliche goes.
To be honest, I was distracted during the Holy Mass because of the heavy rain and the wind coming back and forth trying to lift my dress up but I still tried my best to focus on the homily just like Jesus did when He was tempted by the devil. As I listened to the gospel, all I can think about is the worldy things I want to achieve in life and realized that by wanting hardly of these things to happen as soon as possible, I was already tempted by the devil. An example to this was when someone was able to get the latest phone and it made me envious which is very wrong, the devil might say that use your savings to buy this or that and tempt me to use my hard earned savings for something that I don't need. Just by looking at these little things in life, we can say that temptations are always there waiting to take us, and it's up to us to stand our ground and choose God above all else. Also, one thing that hit me the most from the gospel is the part where Jesus said that we must not put God to the test. Meaning, we should not do things out of the idea that God will always be there for us or help us, although there's nothing wrong with that but if someone tempted you to do something bad and you expect God to help you get through it so you went on with it, then you're wrong. We should not let temptations lead us far away from what God wants us to do. Always remember that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, so we must follow Him, if He were able to keep away from those temptations as a man, why can't we? Even if there are times that we can't avoid it, we must always try hard and give our best to do what Jesus had done.
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