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1st Sunday of Lent

March 5, 2017

REQUIRED OR DESIRED?

If you heard my homily on Ash Wednesday, you know that I am advocating for a particular kind of exercise this Lent:  one of spiritual amnesia.  That for 40 days, let us forget everything we have ever been taught about God, the Church, and Spirituality.  For 40 days, let us forget the rules and prayers we have learned – let us forget them so that we may rediscover them again.  Let us forget all the things that keep us from God – the baggage we carry, the ego – let us let all of it go so that we may return to God with our WHOLE heart.

Now with that in mind, let us approach the scriptures again.  We find Jesus hungry and tired, now having fasted for 40 days and nights.  He is tempted with food, power, and idolatry.  So let me ask you:  how do you define a temptation?   (When something looks good, but isn’t)  Now, how do you define sin?  (something that keeps us from God’s grace – something that causes us to reject God)

Now usually we have these lists of things that keep us from God – variations of the seven deadly sins – these are usually the things we confess over and over.  But this week, I would like us to consider, not the obviously bad things, but the things we think are good.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 1st Sunday in Lent (Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11)

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