Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Baptism -Temptation of Jesus

"Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering." The Liturgy of the Hours
At the hour of trial, at the moment of temptation, it is faith that recalls to us God’s sovereign right to the obedience of His creature, His infinite holiness, the adorable exigencies of His justice, the indescribable sufferings with which Jesus expiated sin, the gratuity of grace, the necessity of prayer, the eternity of pain with which God punishes the sinner who dies unrepentant, the endless beatitude with which He magnificently rewards the fidelity of a few years. All these truths are repeated to us by faith; and however redoutable the darts of the enemy may be, however violent his suggestions, however prolonged the combat, a soul that has living faith finds in her faith and in her union with Christ, which is born of faith, the power of resistance, the very principle of her stability in good, the true secret of victory.

Blessed is the soul,—God Himself tells us so—blessed is the soul that endures temptation without exposing herself to it; who, relying upon the Divine promises, passes through fire, with the eye of faith intent upon Christ’s words and example; that soul will triumph even here below, and will later receive the reward of her generosity and love: BEATUS vir qui suffert tentationem quoniam cum pro batus fuerit, accipiet coronam vitae quam repromisit Deus diligentibus se (Jac. I, 12).

The Baptism -Temptation of Jesus
by Abbot Marmion, OSB
Christ in His Mysteries for Lent

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