Author: Lisa Graas
•4/15/2003 10:08:00 AM
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Jesus is "a light to the nations" that God's "salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." This salvation, then, extends to you as well as to all you meet. No one is beyond the hope of salvation thanks to Jesus Christ. Today, however, we read that no one is immune from the temptations of Satan. Judas is on his way to the authorities to betray Jesus, and Peter is told that before the cock crows three times he will betray Jesus. It is easy for us to love Jesus and to pronounce our commitment to Him until the road we are traveling on becomes bumpy and covered with thorn bushes. We naturally want our relationship with God to come easily for us. When it does not, we are tempted by Satan who tells us that there is an easier way. Don't listen to him!

For our catechism here in our home school I use a beautiful book published in the 50s called "My Catholic Faith: A Catechism in Pictures". One of the best things about it is that it has many illustrations that speak powerfully about different aspects of our faith. My son's favorite picture depicts a man walking on a path. He has come to a fork in the road. One way leads to a descending staircase that is adorned with beautiful roses. At the end of this staircase are the fires of hell. The other way leads to an ascending staircase overgrown with thorns. This staircase leads to heaven.

So it is with each of us. God has given each of us this choice. There is no easy road to heaven. Temptations will come and they can be very powerful, too! Don't give in. Let the Lord be your hope, your stronghold, your rock and refuge. Though even your best friend betray you, God will never betray you.

God Bless You.

Love from Lisa
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