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Week 2, Day 7 of 40…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 15, 2014

40 Days in the Desert

Updated March 13, 2017

Morning Prayer: Tuesday, Week I of Lent: Reading: Joel 2: 12-13 (emphasis added)

Return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;  Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is He, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

LOVE is patient and kind; LOVE is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude… it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~1Cor 13: 4-5, 6-7 (emphasis added)

for God is LOVE. In this the LOVE of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is LOVE, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the expiation for our sins. ~1Jn 4: 8b-9 (emphasis added)

For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. ~Jn 3: 16-17 (emphasis added)

“Jesus came not just to save us from our sin; He came to give us new life as well…He came to make us into a new creation!” ~The Word Among Us, Lenten Issue, 2012; The Gospel, What Is it?

Originally published: Mar 16, 2011

A most amazing lesson was presented to me, TWICE, on the First Sunday of Lent.  First in a devotional I am reading and then, second, in a series of sermons that I received from a very holy priest/monk who is a product of the Boy’s Town system and travels about establishing monasteries across the country, Fr Clifford Stevens.

In both sources, the connection is drawn between the fall of Adam and Eve and the faithfulness of Jesus during His temptation at the end of the 40 days.  Let me show you what I mean…

TEMPTATION OF ADAM AND EVE vs JESUS’ TEMPTATION IN THE DESERT

Now the serpent was more cunning than all the rest…

FIRST TEMPTATION:

[Satan] said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”  …the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden…lest you die’.” ~Gen 3: 1-3

Eating…does this sound familiar?

The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” ~Luke 1:3

Okay, both are tempted to eat.  The woman has her choice of the finest fruits.  After all, she is in the Garden of Eden (Heaven on Earth!).  So why would she need to eat something God has asked her not to eat?

Why, when Jesus has fasted for 40 days to prepare Himself to face the great tempter, would Jesus need to break that fast just to prove to Satan who He is?

THEIR RESPONSES?

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

Woman and Man ate – side note: if she turned and gave the fruit to her husband (Adam), then he had to be standing right there, heard all that the serpent said, and did nothing to prevent the disobedience. HE WANTED IT JUST AS MUCH AS HER.  Thus ALL of mankind fell at this very moment because of  disobedience.

Now let’s see what Obedience looks like:

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’.” ~Luke 4:1

When looking up that reference we are reminded of the continuation of that writing found in the Torah (of which Jesus is quoting), in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 8, verse 3c:

…but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

The above verse will become very important at the end…

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE

JESUS= OBEDIENCE

The woman saw that the tree was good for food…

SECOND TEMPTATION:

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die…” ~Gen 3:4

Kind of like saying, “God really doesn’t know what He’s talking about!” OR “God just said that so you wouldn’t eat His fruit”.

Now, what does Satan say to Jesus regarding God’s sovereignty?

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge of you, to guard you’. And ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” ~Luke 4:9b

THEIR RESPONSES?

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

Eve and Adam both ate of the fruit…they TESTED their God because they believed the serpent, a fellow creature, over their CREATOR!  Kind of like saying, “See God!  We know better than You!” Now they have ARROGANCE (aka Pride) to join their DISOBEDIENCE.

But Jesus responds differently. He responds with Humility…

“It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” ~Luke 4:12

Hmm, I guess that means…

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE, ARROGANCE…

JESUS – OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY…

…and you will be like God…

THIRD TEMPTATION: Satan keeps on pressing…

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ~Gen 3:5

Kind of like saying…

“To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it shall be yours.” ~Luke 4: 6-7

Satan promises that Adam and Eve that they “will be like God“, and to Jesus (who IS God) that He’ll have dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth (never minding that Jesus already possesses this simply because HE IS GOD).

THEIR RESPONSES:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

BOTH  Adam and Eve wanted to be like God, both wanted the power, the knowledge and…what?  DOMINION?  They already had this:

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; then let them HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea [Yes, Bruce, Man does ‘own’ the ocean and all the fish in it], and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over ALL THE EARTH, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” ~Gen 1:26 (emphasis added; catch the movie reference?)

So if the Man and Woman already have DOMINION over God’s creation, why do they think they will get more by disobeying God?  Again, referring to the post on Ash Wednesday, Satan CANNOT give what Satan DOES NOT have!

Adam and Eve gave up EVERYTHING to believe A LIE, from the father of lies (cf Lk 8:44c), and ate of the fruit God had forbidden them to eat.  DISOBEDIENCE…IGNORANCE.

God SAID they would “die” if they ate of the fruit.  But they CHOSE NOT to LISTEN to the WORD of GOD, thus in their disobedience, arrogance, and ignorance they were BANISHED from the sight of the Lord – OUT OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN – which is separation from God – ETERNAL DEATH.  Spiritually, they DID DIE.

Think WE are any different today?  Think again!


Now the response that is made with OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, and… WISDOM…

“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’ ”~Luke 4:8

Jesus displays not only OBEDIENCE and HUMILITY, but also WISDOM in knowing that it is BEST TO LOVE GOD and NOT EMPTY PROMISES.  Thus the “angles ministered to Him” (cf Mark 1:13c),  after Satan departed and “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee…” (cf Lk 4:14), to begin His public ministry.

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE, ARROGANCE, IGNORANCE = Separation from God

JESUS = OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, WISDOM = Living in union with God

Now, which one do YOU want to follow?

              Luke 4:16-21

Remember that reference to the Torah Jesus made, about man living “on every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord”? Well you have two examples of what that means.  The first is the example of DEATH, Adam and Eve’s DISOBEDIENCE, as a result of NOT LISTENING to the “Words of the Lord”, while the other is an example of LIVING because of Jesus’ OBEDIENCE to God’s words.

For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin. ~Hebrews 4:15

The question YOU just need to ask yourself is:  Will I be obedient this moment and LISTEN to the voice of the Lord, or will I turn my back on Him and do my own will (disobedience), because really, I do know what is best! (Arrogance…Pride)

Personally, I would rather LISTEN to the voice of the Lord so that I may gain HUMILITY, WISDOM, and learn OBEDIENCE in the process.  Thus…

WEEK 2, DAY 7 of Lent:

Remember that list of 5 things you made last week?  For the first week you chose ONE (1) thing and asked God to Bless Me and Make Me Holy every time you found yourself doing that ONE (1) thing.  Well, this week you are going to add your SECOND (2nd) thing.  As you did last week, continue to repeat for your one thing, but when you find yourself doing your SECOND (2nd) THING…STOP!… take a deep breath and say: Lord, I can do nothing without YOU. Bless Me and Make Me Holy.

Humility is the KEY for this week.  For with Humility comes Wisdom and Wisdom always encourages us to seek the Will of God which will always demonstrate OBEDIENCE.  Thus making us more and more like Christ as we progress towards Holiness. Lord, I can do nothing without YOU.  Bless Me and Make Me Holy.

Speak with WORDs of Love: Father in Heaven, You know how much I struggle to be obedient and  to do Your Will.  Help me to strive to better this week than I did last week.  Help me to Love You with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength.  For I can do NOTHING without You!  Have mercy, and Bless me, Oh my Lord, Jesus.  Amen!

Empty me, Oh Lord in HUMILITY and fill me with Your Charity.

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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Circumcision of Jesus – Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 31, 2013

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.

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Note: In this as in other great mysteries of the Blessed Virgin’s life which she herself described to the mystics, quotations from her own words are printed in italics.

[Biblical Passages will follow in BOLD black print when they apply.]

Chapter 15 continued…

"And you shall call His name, Jesus, for He will save His people..."

“And you shall call His name, Jesus, for He will save His people…”

On the eighth day therefore, after having duly prepared everything in the stable, St. Joseph went to Bethlehem and returned with a dignified elderly priest… At first, the priest was somewhat astonished and shocked at the…poverty of the Holy Family’s home.  But the young Mother of God welcomed him with modesty and grace that he was soon moved to deep respect and devotion toward such a saintly person.

And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. ~Luke 2:21

The ceremony was to take place at the entrance grotto, not far from the crib. St. Joseph lighted two candles and the priests began to recite some prayers…[Mary] meekly requested to be allowed to stay and to hold her Son in her arms, as she did not wish to leave Him at such a moment…The priest consented…

…sitting down [Mary] spread…out…[a] towel on her lap, [and] placed her Child on it, and the priest then proceeded to perform the ceremony of Circumcision with a small flint knife, while St. Joseph recited the ritual prayer:

“Blessed be Jehovah the Saviour.  He [has] sanctified His well-beloved from the womb of His mother and [has] written the Law in our flesh. He [has] signed His Son with the sign of His Covenant, that He may impart to Him the blessings of Abraham our father.”

As usual, His holy Mother perceived and felt all that He was doing and suffering, and she too wept. When the rite was over, in mutual love and compassion the Child clung to His Mother while she tenderly caressed and comforted Him she wrapped Him again in His swaddling clothes.

…the priest [then] asked the parents what name they wished to give the Child. Both Mary and Joseph said at the same time: “Jesus is His name!”

Profoundly moved and shedding tears of supernatural joy, the priest inscribed the Holy Name on a parchment register. And under the inspiration of divine grace, he exclaimed:

“I am convinced that this Child is to be a Prophet of the Lord!  Take great care in raising Him….”

Behold the wonder of God!

Behold the wonder of God!

The ceremony being completed, Joseph and Mary…offered a light meal to the priest… and some candles as a gift…When the Holy Family was alone again, as the Infant Jesus was crying from pain, Mary withdrew to the end of the grotto with Him, and, sitting down, she lowered her veil and soothed Him by nursing Him, weeping quietly as she did.

That night Jesus’ pain was so severe that He could not rest… So Mary and Joseph took turns walking up and down the grotto with Him.

A few days later, St. Elizabeth came with an old servant to pay the Holy Family a visit. Mary was overjoyed [and] affectionately embraced her cousin…Elizabeth wept as she reverently [held] the Infant Jesus [in her arms].

The Blessed Virgin told her cousin all that she and St. Joseph had experienced, and when she described the trouble they had in finding lodging, St. Elizabeth wept a great deal. And after the Mother of God had told St. Elizabeth about the miraculous birth of her Son, Elizabeth said to her: “The birth of my John was indeed quite painless, but it certainly was very different.”

Jewish Nation

Jewish Nation

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you [Abraham] and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. ~Gen 17:7

This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised.

So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” ~Gen 17:10-14

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. ~Genesis 21:4

Previous Posts:

Anne & Joachim
Nativity (Birth) of Mary
Infancy of Mary
Presentation/Service to the Temple
* Part I
* Part II
In The Temple
The Espousals
Preparation for the Annunciation
* Part I
* Part II
* Part III
The Annunciation

The Visitation
Trials in Nazareth
Journey to Bethlehem
Birth of Jesus
Adoration of the Shepherds
Circumcision of Jesus
*Part I

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