“Giving into temptation because of weakness or passion doesn’t make us bad. What does is when we deny, rationalize, excuse ourselves, and accuse others after we sin.”
BUILT WITH BOLDGRID
- Daily Mass Readings
Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observance of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(From the Mass of the day)
Examine your Lenten observances so well begun on Ash Wednesday, Are they enough? too much? Have you already “slipped”? Decide again, for this week, what your Lenten commitment is going to be, Write it down.
- Laudato Si – here
Each week we will be publishing an extract from the Pope’s letter on the environment with a reflection by Padraig Regan.
A Christian cannot disassociate their faith from a concern for our planet, The Pope’s challenge to each of us is both daunting and exciting.
The cleansing of the Flood
Hints at Paradise Regained
Lent begins properly with the first Sunday of Lent’s description of the Temptations of Christ in the wilderness after his baptism. The story is a self conscious revisiting of the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Then, Adam and Eve did not resist Satan’s deception and lost paradise for all of us, This time round, Christ successfully resists the temptations of the devil, setting the stage for the salvation which is to come at Easter, and, by our baptism, the prospect of Paradise regained. The flood story in today’s first reading is a statement of new beginnings, a return to the original state, a washing away of all the evils that have hidden the beauty of God’s creation. The theme of water restoring things to their original state is deliberate, directing our minds towards the renewal of our Baptism at Easter.
The article I link to below is one which helps articulate better than I can what I believe is the link between temptation and sin.
God’s redeeming love has made us good AT CORE. We formalise our connection with this truth in baptism, and spend the rest of our lives learning how to own the reality. I, like most people struggle with the disconnect between the goodness within and those thoughts and actions that surely a truly good person could not possibly entertain as I do. Rather than striving to complete what was begun in baptism, I reach for the lazy, more convenient truth that God’s redemption doesn’t make me that good, (or worse that I am bad) thereby excusing my temptations and bad behaviors as the inevitable consequence of a fundamentally flawed nature.. Excuses excuses
While some spiritualities reinforce this negative assessment of the human condition, at its core, my faith reassures me, even in the face of my worst sins, that I am an essentially good person, that those sins are a smudge only, hiding the beauty underneath. My faith invites me, in this season, to look long and hard and at the things I have done, do penance and, come Easter, wash the dirt off in the renewal of my baptism and start out again on the road home to Paradise
Read this article and see if you come to a similar conclusion.