March 1, 2020
Fr. John Mary’s homily reflects on the biblical story of Eve’s temptation from the great deceiver, Satan, and the consequences of her disobedience and lack of trust in God. With disobedience, comes death and all the pain that we live through each day which began at that moment of Eve’s disobedience.
- The serpent was the most cunning of all the animals and was the hidden presence of the evil one who attacks us every day in many subtle ways.
- God will send us trials to strengthen us, but the devil can use those trials to temp us into sin and disobedience from God.
- God is the source of our freedom and He is constantly radiating love and goodness. God wants to give of Himself to us.
- God placed a desire in us to know the truth, to be free, to have joy and live fully and to be like Him. Don’t turn away from God, but be with God.
- The root of Eve’s temptation was distrust and disobedience and all subsequent sin would be two things: disobedience towards God and lack of trust in His goodness.
- The devil is always luring us and baiting us to sin, but he never divulges all the consequences connected to our disobedience.
- To take the path of freedom, we need to make an act of trust and obedience to God where all life and freedom flows from.
Adam and Eve were created in paradise. The Lord had left one opportunity for them to make a special act of obedience, and the devil was going to use that as a temptation. This temptation we see in Eve, is a temptation that we all in different ways experience every day. At the root, there’s distrust and disobedience. That is what man’s first sin consisted of. So, division and all the pain that we live through each day began at that moment. All subsequent sin would be two things, disobedience toward God and lack of trust in His goodness.
We all experience those consequences every day in our wounded contaminated world. A lot of it comes from original sin that we’ve been weakened, it’s so easy now for the devil to tempt us. But that’s also a reason for God’s mercy. St. Paul says, “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” Lent is Jesus calling us on this path of freedom. So, what do we need to do to take this path of freedom? Humbly recognize the times that we’ve disobeyed and then to make an act of trust in God.
“Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will.”