We complain a lot about society. But we should know the broad opportunities that there are to live in justice and liberty. And when we reflect on the temptations of Christ in the desert, we can discover roads to change and resurrection.
“If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread”.
A temptation of utilitarianism that today also pushes us to look only for comfort and appearances. We do not live by these things alone. To be people, to be Christians, we need love, stimulation and formation. Frequently things drown out the possibilities for dialog, the capacity for service, the sense of communication and devotion to one another. And we definitely lose our happiness…
“All this will be yours, if you worship me”.
There is a new form of idolatry that haunts us today. We are adorers of money, of what others will say, of social position. Then authority stops being service and becomes tyranny. Meanwhile others sicken by rebellion and ambition.
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here”.
We are tempted and expose ourselves to dan- gerous adventures. We think we can harvest without sowing. We distance ourselves from our families, friends and from God…by too much work and diversions. We leave our homes defenseless, without prayer, without love and without sacramental life. We give over our happiness to the television, the computer, the cell phone, our social engagements or psychological therapies. We do not educate ourselves for love and liberty and we remain exposed so that the negativity of contemporary society will destroy us.
In this time of renewal, LENT, let us try to overcome these problems. We will defeat them by taking people more into account than things. Let us get closer to God with a listening and discerning attitude, letting Him enter our lives so that full of His love and mercy we can attract and spread to those around us an evangelical life, living with more intensity the life of family. This way our actual world can change its course towards better ways of life and share this journey here on Earth to eternity.
Come on, with God everything is possible! Blessings,
Rev. Wilson Cuevas, Pastor