Reflection from Fr. Taylor: March 5, 2017, 1st Sunday of Lent

Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7;    Romans 5:12, 17-19;    Matthew 4:1-11

This Sunday begins the first full week of our Lenten Journey. It is primarily a Spiritual Journey, but also it’s a life changing journey. It is one in which we see the human aspect of Jesus so that we can be more in touch with the human aspect of ourselves and how we live our lives in terms of others.

We learn today that even Jesus was not exempt from temptations. The Nativity Season told us that Jesus was born into a human family and at the same time He was the Son of God. The reason for this is that He wanted to let us know that we don’t experience any trials and tribulations in this world that He is not aware of and is not concerned about. Remember He always makes the right choices. Because of our human weakness we often miss the mark.

The Lenten Season offers us the resolve to be better and to do better. You notice that each time Jesus was tempted He turned to His Father in prayer. Maybe we should ask ourselves is this our own response or do we readily give in to the temptation. Jesus turned to His Father and also He never turns away from us. Even when we distance ourselves from Him and each other He calls us back day after day. So this is our chance to cling to His life, to cling to His word, and change directions. We have a new opportunity to say no to evil, bigotry, and hate, and yes to love and affirmation of our neighbors.

When we change our relationship with God it will automatically change our relationship with each other. After all, we are made in His image and likeness. We come to Him in this year 2017 with many challenges in our lives, but the good Lord gives us this special help to be bold and strong and resolved, and it reminds us that the winner is not always the one that gets to the finish line first, but the one who is resolved and keeps up the run.

Let’s make the most of this Lenten time for more prayer, more self sacrifice, more forgiving and accepting God’s Grace in our life more. Let us remember giving up something is not always the best thing to do. It is right for everyone of us to add more in our life that should be there. May you all have a blessed and peace-filled Lenten Season.

 

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