Our Lenten Journey with St Francis de Sales – 27 February – Monday of the First Week in Lent – Scripture search here: https://www.drbo.org/
“My son, when you come to serve God,
prepare your sould for temptation.”
Ecclus. Sirach 2:1
“Then the devil left Him
and behold, Angels came
and ministered to Him.”
THESE FORTY DAYS …
St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
“I DOUBT NOT that many prefer the end of today’s Gospel (Mt 4:1-11) to its beginning.
It is said there that after Our Lord had overcome His enemy and rejected his temptations, Angels came and brought Him heavenly food.
What joy to find oneself with the Saviour at this delicious feast!
My dear friends, we shall never be capable of keeping company with Him in His consolations, nor be invited to His Heavenly banquet, if we are not sharers of His labours and sufferings (2 Cor 1:7).
He fasted for forty days but the Angels brought Him something to eat only at the end of that time.
These forty days, … symbolise the life of the Christian – of each one of us!
Let us then desire these consolations only at the end of our lives and let us busy ourselves in steadfast resistance to the frontal attacks of our enemies.
For whether we desire it or not, we shall be tempted.
If we do not struggle, we shall not be victorious, nor shall we merit the crown of immortal glory which God has prepared for those of us, who are victorious and triumphant!
Let us fear, neither the temptations nor the tempter, for if we make use of the Shield of Faith and the Armour of Truth, they will have no power whatsoever, over us.
… Let us also shun both spiritual avarice and the ambition which occasions so much disorder in our hearts and so greatly impedes our perfection.
The noonday devil will be powerless in causing us to fail in our firm and steadfast resolution, to serve God generously and as perfectly as possible, in this life, so that after this life, we shall go to enjoy Him forever. May He be blessed ! Amen.” – (Extract-Sermon 1st Sunday of Lent – 13 February 1622).