March 18, 2014

Positivity: Thwart temptation with the word of God, Pope exhorts

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 9, 2014 / 06:22 am

In his Sunday Angelus message today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word.

Reflecting on Sunday’s gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert, the Pontiff said, “note well: how does Jesus respond? He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, like Eve had done in earthly paradise. Jesus knows well that with Satan, one cannot dialogue, because he’s very cunning. For this reason, Jesus, rather than dialoguing like Eve did, chooses to take refuge in the word of God, and responds with the force of this word.”

“Let us remind ourselves of this in moments of temptation, in our own temptations: no discussions with Satan, but simply defense with the word of God, and that will save us,” he urged the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on March 9.

When Jesus is in the desert for 40 days before beginning his mission, Satan approaches him with “three groups of temptations,” noted the Pope, “and we know them well.”

First, “economic well-being, indicated by the possibility of transforming stones into bread;” second, a “spectacular lifestyle” demonstrated in the idea of “throwing himself down from the highest point of the temple of Jerusalem and being saved by the angels,” and lastly, “the shortcut to power and domination” by worshiping Satan.

In tempting Jesus with wealth, miracles, and power, Satan seeks to offer “false messianic hopes” by “distracting him from the Father’s plan,” explained Pope Francis. …

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