Tentatio during Lent

The Church Fathers have long noted that our natures are at their worst in Lent and Holy Week. Regardless of our fast and piety and all that, it’s like the selfish pride, hatred, fear and anger all come bubbling to the surface for Christians this week…for all people this week. Here on this holiest of times a lot of us are at our unholiest.

I’m glad to report that this year is no exception to the rule. Let me speak a moment about myself: lots of unfocused apathy, much more irritation from traffic and people, much less patience for questions. I even got onto the kids for saying “Daddy” too often.

Recall Simeon’s prophesy: “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:33-35). Of course, what the Christ reveals in us, He also takes from us and binds it to Himself on the Cross. This is our focus. Always.

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