Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Facing temptation: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
“Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.”
Each of us face temptation every day. Whether it is a temptation of the mind, body or tongue concupiscence—the tendency to sin—rears its ugly head.
When a temptation comes, we must react in two ways. First, we must remember that God walks with us through any inkling to sin: “When I say, ‘My foot is slipping,’
your mercy, O LORD, sustains me…” Offering the temptation itself to God is a powerful prayer because He knows what is happening and is near us in that moment.
Second, Mother Teresa frequently cited a line from St. Theresa of Avila: “The devil hates resolute souls.” We must be resolute of soul in our battle against sin. We must immediately say, “I don’t want this” when an evil desire comes and make a choice for God.
Being resolute of soul requires resolution of our whole person. Our will is stronger when we are healthy—getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly and living balanced lives.
We pray for the grace to trust in God’s presence in whatever temptation comes our way today and to remain resolute in choosing Him.