Advent Reflection: Temptation

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The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:6

What is your greatest temptation? Pray that God will give you the strength to resist that temptation.

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Going Deeper

Read Genesis Chapter 3.

Many of the things that tempt us look good, taste good, or feel good. Often times, when we look around, it seems like everyone else is doing it. And, when we give in to those temptations, it may satisfy a hunger inside of us. But that satisfaction is always fleeting. And the consequences are grave—not because we have to work hard to till the ground or because we now have pain with childbirth—but because sin separates us from God, the only one who can satisfy the longing within us fully and forever.

The good news is, God is eager to forgive. All we have to do is ask.

Think about a time when you faced temptation, and were able to resist. Think about a time when you gave in to temptation. Plan a time this Advent season to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Jesus, thank you for the sacrifice you made so my sins could be forgiven. Holy Spirit, give me the strength to resist temptation. Heavenly Father, I don’t want anything to separate me from you. I ask you to forgive my sins and draw me closer to you.

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