January 16, 2013
Hebrews 2: 14-18
Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he would destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.
For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Jesus can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted
. [Hebrews 2:18]
Frederic Remington was an American sculptor who worked in the early 1900s. His artistic creations often sell today for well over $100,000. One of his famous works, The Rattlesnake,
depicts a horse and horseman encountering a snake on a path. The horse is reared up on its two hind legs, the horseman is holding on mightily, and the rattlesnake is poised to strike. This brilliant sculpture acts as a parable of how we should react when we encounter temptation. We should react as quickly and seriously as did the horse and the horseman.
Do I really believe that Jesus can help me when I am tempted? How do I explain the times when I asked Jesus’ help but gave into temptation anyway?
We are not tempted because we are evil; we are tempted because we are human.
—Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
—Excerpted from Action, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, as those we love grow older and sickness becomes a frequent visitor, we begin to see death peeking around the corner. As we realize that more years are behind us than before us, we catch the stare of death from our peripheral view. How can it be, Lord, that so much life is now history, reduced to a blurred memory? Yet we take great hope and feel such gratitude in your promise that “through death you will destroy the one who has the power of death, and that we will not be “held in slavery by the fear of death. “
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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