No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone.cf. 1 Cor 10:13; NRSV
NEWS FLASH …
BULL SWAMP USA (CR News) — A local resident learned a sweet lesson about himself and his family recently. It happened right there in the kitchen of his home near the banks of the North Edisto River.
Earl and Deni have lived near the Bull Swamp for several decades. They raised their six children in Greywood, the family home. And the home has been a beacon for seemingly countless grandchildren and great grandchildren. To Deni and Earl, the generations with their accompanying memories, are the true treasure from a life of faith, love, and devotion.
A lot has changed since these folks moved to Greywood, but some things never seem to change. Deni still enjoys baking, and Earl still enjoys eating. The only thing Earl likes more than Deni’s home-baked sour dough bread is her double-delight, toll house, chocolate chip cookies (try to imagine “chocolate chip cookies on steroids” at Christmas time).
And that’s what was behind the special holy moment Earl recently experienced as he stumbled onto yet another life-changing realization this Christmas season.
NITTY GRITTY …
“I had been asking God to let me have a holy moment,” Earl told his fellow Knights in the parish recently. “That’s when I smelled the chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen.”
Deni had baked a batch of cookies right after coming home from morning mass at Holy Trinity. She made enough for four hungry generations with leftovers for the neighbors too.
And now, they were all there in the kitchen, cooling on a platter unguarded — except for the yellow sign warning Earl to stay away from them!
Deni knew Earl very well!
But ah! Deni had gone to the grocery story, and Earl was home alone with those sweet delights. Surely Deni did not count all those cookies. She wouldn’t possibly know if one was missing. And what would it hurt if old Earl just sampled one!
And that’s what Earl did — almost.
Yes, he sampled one. But then, he sampled another one and another one. Before long, old Earl was experiencing what the younger folks call “a sugar high.”
Earl eased his way into the big chair in the den and put his feet up. He closed his eyes to enjoy the moment, and that’s about the time he realized something about himself.
It was almost certainly the holy moment he had been asking for.
Earl was a strong man who could resist almost anything. Anything, that is, except temptation. Temptation always seemed to get the better of Earl. And it was never quite so true as it was when Deni baked her Christmas goodies.
Earl was hopelessly hooked on temptation. He could not resist it!
NEXT STEPS …
The Bible tells us that we don’t face any temptations or trials that are not common to other people too. As Jesus has built the Kingdom of God over the past 2000 years, He has given us countless aids through the Church He established. They include everything from the Bible to the sacraments and saints, including our family and friends. They’re all strategically available to assist us individually and collectively in our struggles and to help us on our journey to heaven.
Earl understood that he could not overcome temptation by himself. He also understood that the One whose divine flesh he consumed in the Daily Bread of the Holy Eucharist was, in fact, greater than the one who tempts him and others around us (1 Jn 4:4).
So what about you?
Are you struggling with something in your life? Is there something that always seems to get the best of you? You can overcome it with the help of Jesus and His many friends (saints and angels) that make up the Kingdom of God.
- What do you need to start doing that you haven’t started yet?
- What should you stop doing that you are still doing now?
- What should you keep doing but change the way you’ve been doing it?
Pray. Talk to your parish priest or a trusted deacon. Ask God for a “holy moment” that gives you strength to continue the struggle.
And don’t forget Our Lady. She is the trusted Mother of our Lord. She knows her way around heaven. She never asks Jesus for anything inappropriate, and Our Lord always grants her wishes, especially if they are for the children of God (Jn 2:3-5).
OUR STORY …
That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!
4 thoughts on “Resisting Temptation Not!”
Amen, the list of temptations is endless chocolate chip cookies today, Ladies bake sales for an endless number special occasions tomorrow. Oh my does that look good and maybe a few of those… I can manage the binge purchase by freezing the stuff and just eating a little serving now and then..WHAT!!! another bake sale, I didn’t finish the stuff from the last one…I know, I will buy another freezer just for my stash of goodies. I am so clever and out of control… It’s really the woman’s fault if they didn’t make all that great stuff I wouldn’t be tempted. Thank you Jesus for those women that continue to tempt us. Holy Moments are delicious 😋
Yes, humorous though it might be, the women are responsible for all these delicious cookies and breads and cakes and whatever’s! I think they have practiced and refined their skills to the point of mastery. We must gather the men and plan a proper response — or else … or else … who knows what!
Have a blessed evening, brother!
So blessed by your wit and wisdom, God bless you my Brother in Christ…
Thank you for your kindness, my friend, brother, and fellow Knight!