Monday, February 18, 2013

Who to call?

Let's face it, we all face temptation in our lives.  Some of them become addictions that can be devastating to others as well as ourselves.  Saying no to them is ultimately the best defense.  In the Scriptures for this first Sunday of Holy Lent, we are reminded that when we call upon the name of the Lord, the Lord does not disappoint. And since we receive the incarnate word of God in the Eucharist,  God's word is always near.  Christ is also near in our own brothers and sisters who share the faith.  In our temptations and struggles against sin, we can find support in the community of believers.  Challenging each other when we notice sinful behavior may be one remedy.  In Bozeman there seems to be a great anti-immigrant sentiment.  Due to our misguided voting we have now caused many of our sisters and brothers to live in fear.  We have succumbed to the temptation of power, to misuse our power to add burdens to others.

Lent also calls us to repentance.  Calling on the name of the lord in the Act of Contrition in the Sacrament of Reconciliation also brings us the grace to say "no" to the temptations that we all face. If God's word is near to us, we have nothing to fear.

A Blessed Lent...


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