Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jesus Saves

At this, Jesus said to him, "Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'" (Matthew 4:10)

A priest once told me that the one prayer Jesus always answers with a YES is this one: - Jesus, save me!
Whenever I notice I am being tempted, whenever I feel like there is an evil presence around me, I say - Jesus, save me. Almost always I feel some peace.
We are all tempted in one way or another. We are all sinners. We are all in need of being saved. In today's gospel, Jesus gives us the answer we need.
Keep God first in our lives. Keep our eyes on the Lord.
Then we will be more aware of the temptations, more aware of our sins, more aware of our need to turn back to God.
Many years ago at a bible study, we were talking about that well-known verse of John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.")
And the priest teaching the bible study told us something that I have never forgotten. It was very simple and yet profound. 
He said that God's job is to love the world and send His Son. And that Jesus' job is to love the world and save the world. And our job is to believe.
And then he asked us a kind of rhetorical question - "How well do you think Jesus does his job?"
And I thought to myself, how well do we do ours?

Jesus, help me when temptation comes and I find it difficult to resist. Help me to always turn to you. Help me to always believe.

9 comments :

Daily Grace said...

Very nice reflection. Thank you.

Colleen said...

Thank you! God bless!

deodate said...

Colleen, I really needed to read this today. I needed this to build my strength to say no to temptation.
Andie

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I love your question: how well do we do ours?

I think the best example we can give to non-Christians is to show our belief and trust in our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus. That, with charity in our hearts and in our behavior to others, will bring many into the Light. Every day is a new opportunity to believe. And boy do I need to keep practicing that!

Colleen said...

deodate, glad this was what you needed today. God is good!

Barb, Amen! Thanks!

Jamey said...

Great post...very thought provoking!

Carol@simple_catholic said...

Very profound, Colleen. Thank you.

evanscove said...

A very good question to ask. How well am I at keeping up the faith and not turning into a doubter? Probably my most frequent prayer these days is "Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief"!

Jesus is doing His job, and I keep praying for strength and grace to do mine.

Thanks for this beautiful reflection!

Evan

Colleen said...

Jamey, thank you! I am glad you liked it!

Carol, thank you.

Evan, you are welcome. I say that prayer a lot too!