First Sunday of Lent – Temptation
“To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human. It is a great temptation that tries to insinuate itself everywhere. But to give oneself to others, eliminating distances, dwelling in littleness and living the reality of one’s everyday life: this is exquisitely divine.”
– Pope Francis, July 28, 2016
Being tempted is not a sin, but temptations can lead to sin. So it is important to recognize when we are being tempted. Our response must be an immediate “No!” The longer we allow temptations to linger in our minds, the more difficult they are to reject.
As we become more experienced in resisting temptations, their intensity usually weakens. St. Paul tells us that God allows us to be tempted, but God also offers us the grace we need to overcome temptations.
“God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor 10:13)