Friday, February 12, 2010
RELEVANCE OF THE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS TO THE PRESENT AND CURRENT EVENTS
THE FIRST TEMPTATION. (Stone to bread) Jesus fasted for 40 days making him very hungry. He never gave in to the temptation though He was craving for it. In the present, there are so many cases of stealing and robbery and their primary reason why they commit such offense is to feed their hungry stomach most especially of their children. But, there are still people who chose to be in the right path. They find other legal ways to give solutions to their problems like finding right jobs to support their families.
THE SECOND TEMPTATION. (Pinnacle of the temple) Jesus’ divinity was tested by the devil but then, He was again able to manage. He knew in Himself what He really is and has just proven His wisdom. Bearing the fact that our world becomes more crucial, we are confronted with a lot of not so good options. Justice for example, if you have money, you can buy it in just a blink of an eye. The richer the person is, the more favor he gets from the society. To prove that these big guns are superior, they get to bribe other people in exchange of what they want even if it is only for their own benefits. This people who were like puppets lose their dignity in exchange for let us say a good sum of money. With it, they also lose their integrity and identity, but is it worth it? This shows how they defeat their purpose of existence.
THE THIRD TEMPTATION. (Mountain) Jesus was tempted with all the riches of the world but then, He still stands with His claim of being faithful and loyal to the Father. One relevance to this is Efren Peñaflorida. He won as the CNN Hero and went home with most likely 5 million pesos. This achievement was brought by his undying love and concern for our needy and less privileged youth. The amount he received was still spent for the children’s welfare. He is contented with what he already have and didn’t gave in to the temptations of wealth. Contrary to this are those people who trade their soul for money and richness. Our corrupt government officials who were so greedy and even claim the money intended for the progress of our country, were so weak and easily, they buy in to the temptations of this luxury, though to think they are respected and trusted.
“No one will be tempted until they allowed the circumstances to do so.”