6th March 2022

Dear Parishioner

Have you noticed in the gospels that the only times we see Jesus being tempted by the devil are those in which Christ was in prayer or was doing penance? It's when he's in prayer or fasting that he is assailed by the devil, as in today's Gospel reading or the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday. A similar pattern frequently appears in our lives, too. We decide to do something good and then promptly find it hard to do. What can we conclude from this? The fact is that when we're mediocre, we run no risk of becoming holy and spoiling Satan's plans. Thus, he has no concern for us. It's when we start to strive for holiness that we will find ourselves face-to-face with temptation because the devil begins to put all sorts of obstacles in our paths.

Lent is a time for us to renew our awareness of the suffering Jesus endured for our sake. That awareness should lead us to action. In this Lenten season, the Church invites us to greater self-sacrifice. Sacrifice helps us to be more detached from the sources of temptation that can keep us from reaping the full fruits of Christ's redeeming work and from loving God with an undivided heart. That's why our Lenten sacrifice should be something that purifies our hearts and makes us more generous with others. Our sacrifice should make us less self-centred. It should make us better followers of Christ.

Overcoming temptation is not an easy business. It's impossible without God's grace. When Jesus was tempted, he showed us what our reference point should be: God. All three times the devil tempted him in the Gospel, he answered by putting God's word and God's will first. For us to persevere in our Lenten resolutions, we must centre ourselves on God and rely on his grace. That means living close to Christ in Scripture - especially the Gospels. It means staying close to him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

Fr Jijo George


Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Monday: Deacon Sidney Lewis
Wednesday: Deacon Dwight Hayter
Thursday: Canon Aloysius Roche, Fr Gerard Murphy
Saturday: Mgr Canon Jules van Meenen, Fr Clifford Beercroft
Sunday: Fr David Chapman