Fr. Patrick writes: Temptation I

A walk with God, Day 11: Temptation I

Lent is a time that the church invites us to reflect on temptation. During this period, we follow the example of Jesus, who fasted 40 days in the desert and was tempted by the devil. This event of Jesus touches us deeply because we all are tempted. No matter how good you are or how much effort you put into doing what is right, temptation will surely come to us. In actual fact, the more you purport in your heart to live right, the stronger the temptation to do otherwise.

Temptation is defined as
an attraction, either from outside oneself or from within, to act contrary to right reason and the commandments of God. It seeks to draw us away from God and direct us in a disordered way toward ourselves and the world. Temptation is simply an enticement to do evil; a trap of the devil to drag you and me to Hell. It is a war with an enemy who wants to destroy us. But just like Jesus, we have to leap over these dubious machinations of the enemy.

When we are able to do this, temptation ceases to be a bad thing in itself; it rather serves both as a kind of test of the depth and strength of our faith in God, and also as an opportunity to hone our skills and deepen and purify our faith by God’s grace.

Read:📖 Matthew 4:1-11
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie as he marks two years of taking canonical possession of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra as her Chief Shepherd
Action:👉🏽 Strike your breast and say “God, have mercy on me, a sinner”

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