Jump, then pray…
I wish all of us a very blessed Lenten season. We are searching the Lord with greater intensity during these 40 days of holiness and we’re asking the Lord to send His Spirit so as to lead us into the “desert” that we might be face to face with our temptations, these disordered paths leading nowhere… We are here to face the truth about our relationship with Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that will no doubt inspire us to meet Him in the sacrament of Confession. We’ll present to Him “the cry of the poor”, that true prayer coming from the heart of a sinner, of the one in need of His embrace and His merciful love.
As we begin preparation for Easter, we realise that we are looking for that victory over evil that can only be found through the cross of Jesus. We look to be as close as possible to Him in a spirit of gratitude for all He has done for us. May His cross reign in our lives !
Every year we begin with the Gospel of Christ’s temptations in the desert. I would like to draw our attention to the second temptation :
The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God’ he said ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says:
He will put you in his angels’ charge,
and they will support you on their hands
in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’
I call this temptation “Jump, then pray… “ What it is suggesting is that we don’t need to use reason in our life because we have God. That maybe it is a good idea to put ourselves in all sorts of situations that will expose us to all sorts of risks, many of which are unnecessary and easily avoided. And then, when we find ourselves in a state of desperation, we turn to God in prayer and count on His miracles to save us from doom.
Worse still, when things do eventually work out, we rinse and repeat.
This temptation is aptly called “putting God to the test” ! Give it some thought ! Are you putting God to the test ? It is time to consider that prayer to God begins before we make those type of decisions which might put us in harm’s way. God wants to help us then, so as to avoid the danger altogether. When we use reason with prayer we are truly honoring Our Lord. The devil would have us believe otherwise…
Fr Sean Mary