Readings for March 9

We are human. Isn’t that a refreshing reminder? We all make mistakes, we all do things we wish we hadn’t done, and we are not perfect. God knows this, so take a deep breath and give yourself a break.

Today’s readings begin with the story of Adam and Eve and their ignorance regarding God’s instruction to avoid the forbidden fruit. It is refreshing that after blatantly ignoring God’s will, they asked for mercy and forgiveness and it was granted. This mercy restores our souls and God is oh so willing to grant it to us when we cry out to Him.

Who else do you know that would, without a doubt, forgive you for ANYTHING you did?

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We have to remind ourselves during this Lenten season that temptation and sin is lurking in every corner and it can often be disguised as something that is attractive. But, that deceiving lure is created by “the most cunning of all the animals” (i.e. the serpent), not God.

In our world today, there are so many opportunities to partake in what is often seen as acceptable or normal, but because we have Christ in our hearts, we are blessed with the ability to recognize what is not of Him. Our society is focused on instant gratification, but God wants us to slow down and ponder our choices. Even if we do fail, He is not going to abandon us in our hour of need and he wants nothing more than for us to find love and peace in Him.

So what do we do to escape temptation and sin? Do we act as though it doesn’t exist? No. We need to recognize that it is always going to be an option, but remember that we are also blessed with the ability to determine whether something is good or evil. In all decisions you make, seek to find peace. If you do not feel at peace, then it is not of God.

Jesus was tempted just as we are. He understands that we are not perfect and he loves us more than we will ever understand – no matter what.

As we begin our Lenten journey, may we remember that God is by our side the entire way. He sees our trials and he sees our struggles, but he is also there to celebrate every time we overcome temptation and bring an infinite amount of joy into our lives. As we embark on this season of cleansing, may we remember that we are never alone. What you cannot see is where you will find your strength.

–Sarah Dixon is a 2012 graduate of Georgia Southern University and is the Assistant to the Editor for the Southern Cross Diocesan newspaper in Savannah, GA.