Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 28, 2012
by

Kevin Ryan

Sophomore, History Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med

Is 55:10-11
Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
Mt 6:7-15

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

As I read the Gospel, my thoughts turn to my own father who will be having surgery today to treat his cancer.  Chances are very good for his treatment and recovery, and – God willing – he will be cancer-free in a matter of weeks. Nonetheless, I ask that you please say the Lord’s Prayer for him and for his full return to health. 

I personally love praying the Lord’s Prayer.  In just a few short lines, it goes directly to the guy in charge, so to speak, and both praises and petitions him in a beautiful and humble way.  But two lines of the Lord’s Prayer have always stood out to me:

“and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

I think these lines stand out to me so much because of the personal struggles I’ve had in my life.  I’ve learned that temptation can be found literally anywhere, even in church.  Frankly, I can’t seem to understand sometimes why God could allow us to take something that is so good and twist it into something so selfish and wrong.  Sometimes I feel powerless against the temptation to sin; but, of course, there is hope.

Temptation is everywhere in the Bible: Adam and Eve, King David, even Jesus himself.  But the only person in the Bible, and on earth for that matter, to ever completely resist the power of evil (other than Mary) was Jesus.  He faced the devil head on, probably endured more than any of us will have to in our lives, and still he resisted temptation.  Because he was man, he faced all the temptations humans face, and still said no to sin.  He is our inspiration when it comes to temptation. 

Our lives are truly a battle between Right and Wrong, but because Jesus has faced Wrong, he makes up for the times we choose it.  We are imperfect: we will be wounded and will fall in this battle. We must remember, however, that even when Christ fell with a cross upon his back, he got back up and kept fighting even to death.  We are called by our Father to do the same because he wants us on his side.


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