Posted by: fvbcdm | February 25, 2012

Feast of Saint Modestus (24 Feb 2012)

This Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, we will read or hear at Mass the story of Noah and his famous ark in which the human race was saved from the deluge for a new beginning of goodness, and in which Noah, his three sons, and the four wives of  these four men—a total of eight human beings—spent forty days before they could disembark again. Then, in the gospel, we will read or hear of how Our Divine Lord was led into the Judean desert for a forty-day period of prayer and fasting before beginning his public ministry. 


During that period, the devil tried three times to cause Our Lord to be unfaithful to his heavenly Father.  Because he was hungry due to his fasting, the devil instructed him to turn the stones of the desert floor into bread.  Jesus said no.  Because the devil thinks of publicity as a very powerful temptation to man’s pride, he suggested that Our Lord throw himself down from the highest point of the temple and let angels protect him from injuring himself. Jesus said no.  And because the devil knows how sweet it would be to have even the Savior of the Word to pay him homage, he promises to give all the nations of the world to Our Lord if the latter would fall down and worship him. Not only is this preposterous and a foolish lie, but it would be the height of blasphemy if Our Lord would do such a thing.  “Enough of this nonsense,” Our Lord says to him.  “Begone, Satan!  You must worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone.”  


So, as we begin this holy and powerful season of Lent, let us live in such a way that we say to the devil, as Our Lord did and does, “Begone, Satan.”   And then let us prudently and very happily worship the Lord our God and serve Him alone.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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