What If Temptation is Necessary? by Fr. Michael

Forward Day by Day, Lent, Matthew 4:3, Temptation

Matthew 4:3. “The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God,
command these stones to become loaves of bread.’”

Temptation has a bad reputation. We are told to avoid and guard against it; we pray not to be led into temptation. Yet today we read about Jesus being tempted by the devil—taunted to make bread from stones, jump off the temple pinnacle, and worship Satan. Two of these invitations to sin begin with the phrase, “If you are the Son of God….” Maybe that’s the tempter issuing a fourth temptation, and this may be at the core of every temptation Jesus and we will ever face—the temptation to doubt that we are God’s children.

We tend to focus on the tempting person, thing, or situation. But our temptations say more about what is going on inside of us than what is happening around us. “Just Say No” is an overly simplistic understanding of this gospel lesson, and an inadequate response to temptation. Temptation is not only about choice; it is also about our identity and direction in life.

What if temptation is necessary? What if temptation can be our teacher or a diagnosis? What tempts you? What tempts you into living less than who you really are?

*Originally written for and published by Forward Day by Day.

Source: What If Temptation is Necessary? | Interrupting the Silence

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4 thoughts on “What If Temptation is Necessary? by Fr. Michael

  1. AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

    O Mary, your bitter tears
    my heart do pierce
    Our Mother is crying
    Her Son is dying
    to save us humanity
    from complete insanity.
    At the foot of the Cross
    for words I feel at a loss
    our sins are causing You distress
    I’m begging You for forgiveness
    I offer You my fears and mishap
    crawling on Your Mother’s lap
    O my Jesus, I need You, I need You
    satan plans coup after coup
    to destroy me, hoping I’d revolt
    he scares me like a thunderbolt
    but while walking in Your footstep
    on satan’s knuckles I will rap
    enough, enough, I do tell him
    the cup is stored unto the brim.
    Kneeling at His Cross’s foot
    Jesus tells me to stay put
    “Let My Graces thee overflow
    My Cross gave satan the final blow”
    I love you so much My child
    and while dying He even smiled.
    Thank You, Mary for this gift,
    and by this my soul did lift.

    Rita Biesemans, Good Friday 3/29/2013

  2. LIVING IN DIABOLICAL TIMES

    This world has gone nuts
    you really need some guts
    to withstand the temptation
    not to loose your salvation

    While the world is going wild
    you will be “the pitiful exiled”
    You’ll be pushed into a corner
    where you’ll be the mourner

    But the only thing that matters
    is not to act as poor beggars
    no, for when you follow the Lord
    you throw this world overboard

    Satan knows where he can go
    to play his demonic puppet show
    back into the hottest fires of hell
    where forever all devils will dwell

    Fight back every satanic ruse
    ok you might have to sing the blues
    but what counts is the end result
    you being the victor over all the occult

    In the meantime full hearted venerating
    and prayerfully, faithfully awaiting
    the return of the One and only Creator
    Who will forever ban satan, His traitor
    AMEN
    Rita Biesemans March 5 2017

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