FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (A)
"TEMPTER VS TEMPTED"
The poor country pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought.
"How could you do this!" he exclaimed.
"I don't know," she wailed,
"I was standing in the store looking at the dress on sale.
Then I found myself trying it on.
It was like the Devil was whispering to me, 'Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.'"
"Well," the pastor persisted, "You know how to deal with him!
Just tell him, "Get behind me, Satan!"
"I did," replied his wife, "but then he said "It looks great from back here, too."
This joke can be illustrative of so many ways we are tempted by material things and often time succumb to the pressures of the internal cum external desires. The Lord explicitly models for us ways of resisting the tempter with all his avowed promises and gifts. 'onyinye mamaiwota, onyinye ekwensu, iju ekwensu na otito, na alu ya nile na nrafu ya nile. ''We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are''. Thomas a Kempis. The temptation of going to work virtually every Sunday and make no provision for Church attendance just for the money is there. No need to deny the temptation of power quest and control over people with all its so called entitlements and decorations especially its ungodliness. ''Temptation is the evil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in'' Billy Sunday. Can we shun the enticement and allurements to cheat, lie, deceive, eat more, get drunk, lavishly dressed, gossip, etc? We can always resist the tempter by invoking the power and grace of God and looking unto Jesus Christ as our Savior.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE