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Temptations

Day 66 March 8, 2014
TEMPTATION

“The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.” ―Thomas Merton

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For forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. -Luke 4:2

 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up ; and he arose . And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately , Why could not we cast him out ? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.  Mark 9:27-29 KJV

“We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because he was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means.”   ―C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Fasting of the Tongue  by Robert Frager

Fast for two or three days from using untruthful, harmful, or hurtful language. Try to be aware of your language whenever you speak. Every evening, look over your day and review how well you did at the fasting of the tongue.

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Not By Bread Alone

Day 65 March 6, 2014  1st Day of Lent
TEMPTATION

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”‘ -Matthew 4:4

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As we begin this journey towards the cross and resurrection of Christ, may we be inspired by the breath of life according to God’s Holy Word.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.’ ” Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered him, “It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ”  Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11 and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”  Jesus answered him, “It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.  Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. -Luke 4:1-14(NRSV)

Oh Creator God,  Open us to the moving of your Holy Spirit.  May we be open to that breath of life whether it comes as a still breeze or as a driving wind or in your written word.  We recognize that all our life and strength comes from you.  We ask for your continuing help and guidance so we might persevere.   Direct our lives into the ways of peace and justice.   Amen 

Missio Christi – Missio Nostra

Day 3, January 3 2014

Missio Christi – Mission of Christ

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  

Luke 4:18,19

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Missio Nostra – Our Mission

“As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  

John 20:21

Christ Has No Body (Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.