Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 14, 2012

Lauren Pogge

Sophomore, Accounting Major, Spanish Minor

Jas 1:12-18
Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19
Mk 8:14-21

Let me start off by saying, "Happy Valentine’s Day!" In today’s first reading, the major theme is temptation, ironically. From what I know about today's celebration, it is a romantic Hallmark holiday, meant to be full of gifts given and received to please you and your partner. While many of the gifts may be sweet and innocent, there are a few gifts that are more physical-based and spur temptation. You guessed it, I was referring to sex.

Temptation in general is hard to avoid, and while I could say it is because we are humans, that is NOT a good answer.  According to today’s readings,

“Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.”

I can easily say that I am tempted every day by a variety of things.  However, succumbing to all my temptations would not make me a smarter or wiser person, it would just mean that I was susceptible to influences. These influences may begin externally but then become so enticing to us that we begin to crave them on a personal level and will do anything for them. I know that I am not alone when I say that I sometimes try to rationalize my desires.  The reading even says,

“No one experiencing temptation should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.”

In some sense, knowing that God does not create temptation is reassuring; since God does not make temptation, we should not follow it. I try not to give in to all of my desires because I know that they are not good for me nor will they make me a better person. I want to follow God’s plan for me and not to do anything that I one day will regret.  I want to receive the crown of life and know that if I accept God's way, the crown will one day be mine.

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