Wrestling with Temptation
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.”
Our temptations aren’t likely to come to us from a mysterious figure in a deserted place. But often they revolve around the same basic human drives: hunger, emotional security, safety, status, ambition.
Many of the stories told about Saint Francis reveal his struggles with temptations of various kinds.
The message of the Gospel today, like the message of Lent itself, is twofold: “Repent and believe the good news.” We are called to do both. [It’s easy to think that the repenting is the hard part. But in all honesty, often it’s far more difficult to believe in good news. We know our weaknesses far better than we know our strengths.]
Pray with Saint Francis
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us in our misery that we may do for your sake alone what we know you want us to do. Amen.