- P. Tarcisio
What is Temptation?
At the beginning of his public life, Jesus goes through the test of temptations in the desert. And in the Our Father prayer there is a specific request that says: “Do not lead us into temptation (Mt 6,13) But what is temptation? The simplest definition explains it as "the impulse to do or take something attractive" (but that is not always a good thing).
The book of Psalms is especially full of pleas for God to guide us in his ways (Psalm 5,8; 27,11), by his truth and justice, and by "the way everlasting" (Psalm 139, 24). In addition to guiding us towards good, we must understand that we ask God to keep us from evil. The Our Father's request not to fall into temptation reflects the believer's desire to completely avoid the dangers of sin.
In this lent let us pay special attention to that order that Jesus gives to his disciples, shortly before his passion and death: “Watch and pray so that you do not fall before the test, (into temptation). Because the spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak" (Mt 26,41).