God tempted?

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


THE Gospel of this year’s first Sunday of Lent was about how the Devil tempted Christ after his fasting and prayer. We read from the Gospels that Christ had survived the temptations of the devil and has overcome and triumphed sin.

Looking at the present state of the country, we could relate the temptation of the devil with the evils that our entrusted men and women (Aquino Administration) are doing for us today.

First, the devil tempted Christ to change stones into bread to answer the problem of famine. Imagine a person or leader who could change all the stones into food. It would be the greatest event in this world and could answer the problem of food security in all parts of the world. If one leader could come out and change stone into bread, for sure he will become even higher than the Holy Father or worse, the world will surely make him a “god.” He is the answer to all human and natural problems of the world.

In our country today, there are leaders who seem to tell us that he has the power to change stones into bread. They are tempting us with their empty and impossible promises. Shall we be tempted, then we succumbed to fattening them and feeding only their bellies and their crocodiles. We always have to remind ourselves that Jesus had all the power but did not succumb to the temptation of the devil to feed himself while he was on fast and on prayer. He kept his focus on the Father and not to the material goods of this earth. Our leaders are too much different, they would like to make more in the name of promises. Instead of making bread from stones they made stones out of our breads.

Second was the greed for power of authority and doubting the power of the Father. The devil commanded Jesus to throw himself down and summon the angels and soldiers of God to save him. This was a test of his faithfulness and fidelity to the Father. Christ needs not to prove anything, he has all the trust and belief on his Father.

In human behavior, it is quite normal for one to doubt the ability of the other. One would always look for proofs and put to test the ability and capacity of the other. But in faith perspective, the faithfulness of one could already be a great manifestation.

In our country, one has always to see the effect first before one could judge the goodness or evilness of an act. The temptation comes when one is asked to perform in his capacity and show his ability. Being Filipinos, we always perform more than our ability and as a result, the performance would either be a failure or a mediocre one. Running the government needs not to show-off or to be “loud” at things that we do. Politicians need to serve the people and not the people serving them. However, it is the other way around. The government is requiring us to jump from the temple and beg for them to help us with pay and allowances. It is like saying, “Jump and we will think if we (government) would help you or not.” What a way to tempt us.

The third temptation was very simple. It was a test for Jesus to become the leader of every nation he sees. To invade all kingdoms is a great temptation for greed of power and dominion.

In human behavior, we want to get and accumulate everything that our senses had perceived. This is the start of our greed. This will surely make us unhappy and would even destroy us.

Today in our government, many are tempted to give up their principles in the name of honor and wealth. Look at our politicians, they change affiliations and principles. In the long run, it is the people who will suffer.

Thus, as we walk along the road of life, the devil will always continue to tempt everyone. It depends how we respond to the temptations. Take care while the devil feasts on our weakness. The devil would always take the better form.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Blessed John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and Su, and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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