FIGHTING TEMPTATION

Friday, 31st January – Friday of week 3 of the year

Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

Reflection: 2 Samuel 11: 1-10, 13-17

FIGHTING TEMPTATION

Today’s reading puts before us the very popular story of how the righteous man, David sinned against God. As we reflect on this passage we realize that this grievous sin of adultery and murder which King David committed did not happen all at once. It all started with negligence and idleness. King David was in fact expected to be on the battle field rather than in his palace but this negligence on his part opened the door to temptation and sin.

Dear friends, we have a lot to learn from David, the man after God’s heart. We must learn that none of us is above temptation for even Christ himself was tempted. This awareness should make us always cautious and wary of the attempts of the enemy to make us offend our Father in heaven. We must ensure that we are at our duty posts always. Always be where you are expected to be so as not to give the devil a chance to deceive you. Would David have seen Bathsheba taking her bath if he was on the battle field? Certainly not!

In addition, temptation always precedes sin. Being tempted itself is not sin, we sin only when we yield to these temptations. Christ has shown you and I how to overcome temptation through his own life. Like Jesus, we must mortify ourselves. Just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness, we too, as young Christians must have times for fasting and abstinence from the various desires of our flesh. In doing this, we learn to have control of our bodily desires and will be strengthened in times of temptation. Also, like Jesus, we must know the word of God as it is our sword of the Spirit with which we are to fight temptations and triumph over them.

Let us press on daily my dear friend. Even when we fall, let us rise up quickly and ask for God’s mercy and grace

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I submit myself to you today. Please fortify me against the wiles of the enemy and strengthen me to be victorious over every lure of the devil. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 88 – Why was Jesus led into temptation? Could he really be tempted at all?

Jesus was truly human, and as part of that he was truly susceptible to temptation. In Jesus Christ we do not have the sort of redeemer “who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning” (Heb 4:15)

HIDE A TREASURE: “God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 2 Samuel 11: 1-10, 13-17; Psalm 51: 3-7, 10-11; Mark 4: 26-34

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