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Part Five – THE DESERT AND THE CROSS: A Meditation Series on the Temptations of Jesus in the Desert Through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

2015.03.20 Crucifix Canticle of the Passion 05
Fourth Mystery: Jesus carries His heavy cross – You must not put the Lord your God to the test.

For a second time, you resist Satan, so he led you to the top of the temple.  Redoubling his efforts, he showed his diabolical shrewdness when he used Scripture in his third temptation: “Cast yourself down from here.  For it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you,’ and again: ‘they will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.”  In this, you were tempted to fall into pride, that sin which can twist even good acts to evil.  This was the first sin.  In pride, we choose to turn our face from God, we choose to forget every good thing we have, all our talents, blessings, even the very breath we take, is because of God.  He is “the One who is,” and we are those “who are not.”  Through pride, we aim to tell God how things will be; we seek to make ourselves gods.

The weight of pride is crushing, like your heavy cross.  It causes us to stumble and fall.  We gasp for breath under the burden.  We cannot be gods.  Why do we try?  Sweet Jesus, you urge us, “give me your burden, take my yoke upon you – it is light.”  While struggling through the streets of Jerusalem and up the hill to Golgatha, you shouldered the cross with great love, this cross which we fashioned with our sins of pride.

As we meditate on you carrying your heavy cross, may we grow in humility and be strengthened against the sin of pride with your words, “You must not put the Lord your God to the test.”

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