Mar 5, 2019
Stations of the Cross
Fr. Tharp will pray the Stations of the Cross with Benediction at St. Ann on the Fridays during Lent (not Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m. and Stations of the Cross and Benediction at Sacred Heart during Lent (not on Palm Sunday) on Sunday Afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
The lay presiders at Sacred Heart will have Stations of the Cross lead by the Laity on the Friday evenings during Lent (not Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m. (No Benediction)
Reflection on Scripture
Jesus goes without food for forty days and nights. The scripture says he was hungry! In other words while physically depleted, Satan attacks. Note that the three temptations are all centered on Jesus using his power as God to circumvent humanity’s free will. In this way, humanity does not choose God freely but without free will simply acquiesces. The three temptations are to food, well-being, and power. Note that they mirror the first three Baptismal promises: “Do you reject Satan? And all his works? And all his empty promises?” The three temptations prove that humanity can face temptation and with God’s grace conquer them. Baptism irrevocably puts us on God’s team.
God gives us all the grace we need to confront the evils of this world and remain faithful to God. The question is not whether God gives us the graces; he most assuredly does. The question is not whether temptations will always be there; they will. The question is whether we will use God’s grace? Free will gives us an option to estrange ourselves from God. God gives us grace. The question is, “Do we accept it and use it?” Jesus shows us the way.
Next Weekend: Second Sunday of Lent
Gn 15:5-12, 17-18