Christ’s Temptation/Our Temptation

Christ’s Temptations are Our Temptations

Luke 4:1-13-“The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours if you worship me.

Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him alone shall you serve.”

The temptations are temptations of power.  The devil tempts Jesus to use power in his ministry, and Jesus essentially replies his way is that of service. Jesus knows that only in service, in the giving our selves away as equals, can we find life, and can we give life to others.

We can expect our government, and our agencies to minister to the homeless, to the undocumented immigrants, and each time they will fail, but when we minister from the attitude of service we give of ourselves, our money, and our time, and everyone will be taken  care of and we will encounter Christ.

Dag Hammarskjold, secretary general of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in 1961 wrote:

“I don’t know who–or what–put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some point I did answer Yes to Someone–and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life in self surrender, had a goal.”

In the days  of Lent ahead of us let us center on the Stations of the Cross, and let everything else go, and walk to Calvary, remembering we care called simply to serve, to be, and success is only taking the one step at a time in loving others.

Stations 1 and 2–Walk Them, Pray Them, Listen to God!

“No longer should our brothers and sisters be seen wandering the roads and in the squares, starving and trembling with the cold, under the icy north wind, naked members of the body of Christ. There ought to be beggars and destitute persons no longer. All should be equal.”

Silent Meditation

See Who You Are. Become Who You See!

WALKING STATION 1–Creation. In the beginning was the. .Word. .Fireball. .Flaring Forth. ..Big Bang. . .Void.”

“How do you feel knowing you were part of the origin of the universe 13.8 billion years ago? Can you feel, as Hildegard of Bingen said, a new sense of being ‘wrapped in the arms of the mystery of God,’ or of realizing anew what it means to say along with Hildegard that, ‘It is love which was the source of this creation. .The whole creation was formed through love. . Love was in eternity and brought forth, in the beginning of all holiness, all creatures, without any admixture of evil. Can you truly understand what Julian of Norwhich said when she declared, “We are loved from before the beginning. What difference does this understanding make in your life?  What wounds does it begin to heal?”

“O Spirit, Teach me anew and in the context of a new universe story what it means that all of creation, myself included, was “loved from before the beginning.” Teach us what it means in giving new life and meaning to our struggling species today.” Teach us what it means to see each person on the street as being loved from the beginning and how our own actions have led to their brokenness and that it is in our actions that we can bring back healing  love to them . Amen.

Silent Meditation

See Who You Are. Become Who You See!

WALKING STATION 2. “I am the Light of the World.”

“How am I the “light of the world”? How am I not? How can I allow more light to shine? How is the culture I am part of a ‘a light of the world’? How not? How can I improve?” How am light to homeless and disenfranchised people? How am light to those we pass today?

“O Spirit, Teach us how to be a light to the world and to link up with other lights to enlighten our species in these trying times (of inadequate housing, homelessness, and disenfranchisement)?”

Silent Meditation

See Who You Are. Become Who You See!


Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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