Monday, March 18, 2013

Daily Mass Homily: Monday, March 18th, 2013

            Our lengthy first reading contains a very practical teaching about temptation.
The elders faced the temptation to lust after a beautiful woman.  In a telling manner, Daniel reports, “They suppressed their consciences; they would not allow their eyes to look to heaven, and did not keep in mind just judgments.”
Susanna was tempted to save face, or to not trust in God.  Yet she proclaimed both, “it is better for me to fall into your power without guilt than to sin before the Lord,” and, “O eternal God, you know what is hidden and are aware of all things before they come to be: you know that they have testified falsely against me.”
Note the dramatic difference.  The elders turned to themselves, desiring momentary pleasure.  Susanna turned to God, trusting in His deliverance.
Each of us face temptations every day of our lives.  Some are particular to us as men or as women, and others to us as an individual with a unique personality.  It is at the moment of temptation we walk “in the valley of the shadow of death”.  May we, like Susanna, bring these temptations to the light of Jesus.  Just like he did with Susanna, He will walk with us and we may confidently say, “you are at my side.”

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