We hear the story of the three temptations Jesus faced in the desert, but how often have you taken a real look at them. This was an eye-opener for me.
Each one of his temptations is of the same nature as a temptation most of us could face at some time in or lives. The challenge is to recognize it and face it! And some forms of these temptations can be really appealing.
We all face temptations. The question is what we do with them.
In this last Sunday before Lent, we have some scripture readings worth considering. One of the basic purposes of Lent is to take the opportunity to see if we are “on course”, and these help.
The epistle speaks of charity. Given the various mis-uses of the word, I suggest we (myself, too) reflect on the word as St Paul intended it to mean. And, of all gifts we can have, none is greater than charity. In fact, it would seem that charity makes the others be effective. A point to ponder considering some things going on in the world.
And then, the story of Jesus as he begins his journey to Jerusalem. And a blind man calls to Jesus for help. Do you notice that in the Gospels, people in need tell Jesus that they are in need, with none of the “if it’s your will” stuff? Perhaps it might mean that our prayers should be insistent?