Today’s Thoughts: The readings today, especially the first one from Deuteronomy and the Gospel, present us with a contrast. In Deuteronomy Moses is reminding the people from where they have come, and all that God has done for them. Not spoken is this section but still present is all that the Israelites have done, much of which was to grumble, build a golden idol and turn away from God. Yet, as Moses says God has stayed with them. God has remained faithful.
The contrast is that Jesus does not give in to any of the temptations in the desert that he is confronted with while the Israelites do give in to the exact same ones they are confronted with. Jesus is tested in the desert just like the Israelites, but he does not let history repeat itself. Jesus chooses instead to make God's word, God's promise, his priority.
St. Paul tells us that what we believe must be spoken but also held in our hearts so that as we live, we too might make the right choices. If we believe with our hearts in the promises of God, if we believe with our hearts in Jesus, if we believe with our hearts that Jesus when through his passion, death and resurrection for us then our lives must show this gift, this presence. Our choices must be made reflecting the grace, wisdom and love of God.
This is not easy. The road of life is full of temptations that challenge us with choices. Thus, it becomes profoundly important that we know the story and hold it our hearts. Let us remember this Lent the story of God's love and choose wisely as we live life!
Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone and don't forget to give God a little time today.
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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