Gospel Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year B – February 18th 2018
We are often tempted off course. I am sometimes reminded of when I lose my way walking up a mountain. I set off, knowing the direction and then got tempted off course, maybe by trying to take a short cut or losing my way. I got so far off my way that I was lost and couldn’t get back. Somehow some light or landmark will guide me back again.
Christian life is a journey with God and to God, in the middle of all our ordinary life. We set out to love others, to work for justice and peace and somehow we can lose our way. We set out with God and lose our trust.
No matter how our goodness is tempted we are never alone. Like Jesus in the gospel of this week, ‘angels look after us’. We can find the help of God again or the care and guidance of others. We can be this guidance also for others especially our young people, when they seem lost in the direction of their lives. Whenever we help others in addictions, doubts, depressions and other ‘lost times’ we are angels of God and the Spirit is with us.
Lord our God, be our help in times of doubt and temptation. Deliver us from evil.
Donal Neary SJ
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