*HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A*
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
*THEME: TEMPTED BUT DID NOT SIN*
Beloved, last Wednesday during mass, our foreheads were marked with ashes. This ritual ushered us into the season of lent; a forty day preparation for the celebration of Easter. The ashes reminded us of our mortality and repentance. It served as the public admission of our guilt and a promise to reform with a pledge to resist temptations in the future.
Dear friend, the Church during lent invites us to pray, fast and to practise charity. We are to show that we are masters and not slaves to our desires.
And so on this first Sunday of lent, Mother Church presents to us the gospel narrative of the temptation of Jesus. This is a call to strive to accomplish the great passage from death to life
Beloved, our saviour was tempted to place his bodily satisfaction before the service of His father. He was tempted to abuse his identity and mission. This reminds us that the struggle against sin is not a one time struggle but a daily affair. We therefore need to fight sin and not to relax in our quest to attain holiness.
Temptations are not occasions to sin, they are suggestions to either accept or reject God’s friendship. In every temptation, we are called to make a personal decision either for or against God.
Lent is thus the right time to take the right decision. We can achieve this by spending time with Jesus in prayer and adoration, and going for confession.
Beloved, our first reading today also tells us that man is limited and must learn to live under God and his command. Hence, the failure of Adam and Eve to do this and their ambition to be other than God created them to be resulted in their disobedience.
Let us resolve on this first Sunday of lent to see moments of temptation as moments of discernment and not tests to make us fail but rather to make us holy and obedient to God. For it is better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.