Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Source and solution to temptation: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
St. James highlights the three sources of temptation in our lives. First is from ourselves: “Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?” Each of us, thanks to the original fall, has a tendency to sin—concupiscence.
The second is from the world: “Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” If we just go with the flow of our society we head to destruction. We end up with a destructive worldview, destructive morality and destructive lives.
The third is from the devil and evil. Satan wants nothing more than to wreak havoc in our lives and tempt us to choose anything else but God. Yet as I mentioned last week, the devil hates resolute souls. James makes this point clear: “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.”
While we face an interior battle against these three forms of temptation, part of our victory lies in getting outside of ourselves. Really, love is the answer to any temptation and striving for love of God and neighbor is the best way to stand fast in moments of temptation.