First Sunday in Lent


“Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”  Today’s readings bring to our attention the ease with which we succumb to temptation.  Temptation always appears as a good thing to us—we need more money, we desire power and more possessions and wealth…we need to be above others.  Always the guise is that we will be happier if we obtain these things.  And then we steal, or lie, or tell truths no one needs to know to make ourselves look better.  And in the doing or telling we damage another’s good name or character or life.  God alone matters.  God alone is in charge.  We need only to keep our eyes fixed on Him and to do His will.  If we seek the good of others we can be pretty sure that we will be more open to Him and not so focused on ourselves.  Jesus’ words are as true now as they were when He said to Satan:  “The Lord your God shall you worship.  Him only shall you serve.”  The question remains: Whom do we seek to serve?

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