tempted ?

At the risk of you turning off even before we begin, I want to offer a word of encouragement about temptation. We all experience temptations. Jesus was tempted. I enjoy the story about the abbot who asked the young novice whether or not he was entertaining temptations…

temptation

I often think that no-one struggles with temptation more than I do, so I find it very encouraging to hear every now and then from friends who are also engaged in the battle to follow the deepest desire for the good, the true and the beautiful. Too easily we settle for sin, which never delivers what […]

tempted?

In the Gospel reading for today, the First Sunday of Lent, we hear of Jesus being tempted. His response to the temptation seems remarkably calm; he simply gives one sentence put-downs to Satan. What is it that enables him to reject these attractive temptations of power, wealth and glory with such (apparent) ease. I think […]

follow the good

I’m thinking ahead a couple of days to Lent which begins this week on Ash Wednesday. I heard someone once say that Lent was a kind of “boot camp” for the Christian, a time when the one who seeks to follow Christ becomes much more driven to overcome temptation. I must admit that the boot-camp […]

greatest attraction

In the past couple of posts (listen and read) I have reflected on Pope Francis’ Epiphany homily in which he challenges us to take the example of the Magi by avoiding the darkness and following the light. The greatest opportunity we have for this is in the midst of temptation. Perhaps its more simple than […]

holy cunning

I am sure that there are some people who saw this snake image and quickly decided to surf to another page. Many people don’t like snakes. It can’t be simply that they are slimy and slide on their bellies since we are delighted to see worms, the bigger the better, in the garden compost. Our […]

 
  • lectio divinaIn our first Advent reflections I offered an encouragement to [...]
  • with crooked linesIn his video reflection on Sunday Christchurch Bishop-elect Paul Martin [...]
  • changeThis weekend I informed parishioners that after six years as [...]
  • a daily guideOn this Second Sunday of Advent Food For Faith gives [...]