We have just started Lent. This is a very important time for every one of us. Not just because, as we are told, it is necessary to give something up. To make the decision to avoid some pleasures to build ourselves up: “I decided not to play on my iPad for all of Lent and I did it!” but also to look for what God really wants from us.
The first Sunday of Lent gave us an amazing word about temptations. Jesus was in the desert where he was tempted by Satan. Saint Mark didn’t describe specifically what these temptations were, like Mathew and Luke did. He said only: Jesus was tempted. Because basically there is only one temptation, as old as humanity. Temptation which started in the Garden of Eden: “My will is the law!,” “I want to do this and I will do it, no matter what.” This is a temptation that we all have. Even if we pray everyday “Thy will be done”, we want to do only our will, because we think that we know better.
That’s why we need Lent. That’s why we need to fight with these temptations. Because we are not God! We are His creatures! We don’t always know what is best for us, He knows, and that is why he gave us ten commandments!
To help us during this fight with our temptations Jesus gave us a weapon: Fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The first is important to show ourselves what is really important. That this is not my will I desire most, but God’s will. I don’t have to have everything I want. I can really give up something. I really don’t need to eat hamburgers, chips, cookies, candies etc., everyday! (not just for my health!). I can really live without a computer, TV, smartphone etc.
We need prayer to see, that really God is in a place of primacy in our lives, and because our body is not so concentrated on food (because of fasting) we can be more focused on prayer.
And almsgiving helps us to beat our selfishness. We fast to save some goods for others! We can share with others to help them in a very concrete way!
All of these things I have mentioned are present in our Explorer and Timber Wolf law!
One of the most important rules in the Timber Wolf family is: “The wolf listens to the old wolves,” not to himself. This is really a fight against the temptation “My will be done!”
Have courage brothers and sisters! Fight against temptations with fasting, prayer and almsgiving! You will see, that your heart really will be happy! And remember: Man does not live on bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from mouth of God!
Fr. Piotr “Panther” Narkiewicz