My Dear People,
Take the Lenten Challenge to Make God Your First Priority
Jesus was led into the desert by the devil to be tempted. In the first temptation, the devil tells Jesus to change stones into bread. Our Lord refused to make idols of things that have no life in them. We are tempted to make animation objects come alive. TV, the internet, money, homes can all take a life of their own if we allow them. The second temptation involved the sin of presumption. “Call down your angels to rescue you after leaping from the parapet of the Temple.” Jesus refused to temp the Lord God. How many times do we presume, because of our pride, that it is OK to assume authority that is not ours? The third temptation involved lusting after the goods of this world. Jesus refused to worship anything that was not glorifying His Heavenly Father. When do we chase after the goods of the earth, in place of loving Our God first.
Sunday has become another day of the week. We work, shop, become consumed by sports activities all in the name of “pleasure” and convenience. And where does this leave Our Lord? Jesus gained for us all the graces that we need so we will not offend God by committing these sins. Lent is a time to reflect and re-arrange our lives to better know, love and serve God. Take the Lenten challenge to make God your first priority.
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada
May we seek the living God this Lent, confessing our many sins, and choosing to live a more merciful life.