Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his public ministry. During those days, he was tempted by the devil several times.
As the season of lent draws to a close, I took a quick reflection on how I have fared and believe me, I wasn’t proud with the results.
To live above sin cannot be achieved by our human endeavor but by the grace of God. The man who lives according to the craving of his flesh cannot please God.
‘Brethren: Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you.’ [Rom 8: 8 – 9]
On Sunday 2nd April, the second reading echoed the thoughts in my mind as it is only normal for one to appraise oneself regularly to check if one has erred.
‘Those who crave passion their flesh wants derive joy and satisfaction from sin; but it destroys’, said Fr. Wisdom.
In my short sojourn in life I have realized that some grow calmer as the ages bite while some get even more embittered. A calm life is one of unbroken peace.
‘Jesus taught us how to remain calm in temptation whilst in the wilderness. When sin remains in our lives, we become judgmental and cast a blind eye to our sins but rebuke those we see in others.’
‘A rich man makes money for himself while a wealthy man creates wealth for others’, said Fr. Wisdom
It would only end in God’s praise if we make persistent effort to refrain from sin. A man must conquer his weakness by making daily efforts of fortify himself against the raiders of the mind.
Without self-knowledge, there can’t be self-actualization of the mind.
‘It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell’ – Chinese Quote