When the evil lies take root in our hearts, we risk falling into discouragement, depression, and despair unless these lies are overcome by the light of truth.
We speak of temptation when we feel the pressure of bad instincts or when we feel dragged into doing evil by circumstances. Jesus Christ refused to be self-serving. Instead he made his life mission all about serving others and while doing so he warned against the error of a faith which tries to remove the cross. The Spirit helps the believers and inspires their prayer so that it may be heard. The Spirit enables us to understand and interpret Jesus’ words throughout all time.
Our entire Christian life is a passage from death to life. Since the sacrifice of Christ the power of his Spirit has made believers capable of being victorious over the forces of death. Through love and forgiveness God created a new world without rancor or desire of revenge or hidden remorse of conscience. We are at peace with him; we are at peace with each other. To please God, it will always be necessary to be among the marginalized, as Abraham was, that is, to run counter against the flesh. The desires of the Spirit animate our life. Whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the light. While we remain firm in the teaching of Christ and share in the life of the church, the Spirit gives us internal knowledge and joy in the things of God. The Spirit guides us and inspires us each day showing us how to please God. Now, though we have the peace of Christ, temptations and sufferings prevent us from enjoying glory and being fully free. With the transformation of our whole being we shall reach the glorious freedom of the children of God. It is certain that humanity has developed with aggressiveness and violence; hence the domination of women by men and the bellicose masculine spirit. We see in the world more contradictions and tensions than peaceful progress: in fact this earth is not our permanent residence. Nothing happens in the world, in our family, in our lives merely by chance or because it was so destined. God knows us in Christ from the beginning of the world: children known before they are born, but also destined for a unique place in creation. The Kingdom of God extends much farther than the church. The great majority of humankind do not know Christ and the gospel.
What we sow in life we will harvest. When we keep God’s law we will be happy here and in the next life. Whatever the appearances may be at times, true happiness is for those who are faithful to the will of God. Some people are fond of great ceremonies, others of their own devotions and prayers and still others, of doing generous and philanthropic works. When doing this, we may be covering up the injustice we do everyday. Our Lord demands faithfulness and perseverance from those he has chosen: this is how we save a world that seeks truth everywhere and does not know to which Lord to surrender. God sees the way we use our talents, and we sin when we keep them for ourselves. Jesus is always in our midst, but to be aware of his presence requires faith.
Many think it is impossible to change the human heart. To be converted means to come back to God after having been away from him. Believers should always lean on the word of God and be guided by his commandments, but their link with God will be in a deep communication of Spirit to Spirit, a communication which immerses us in the only truth. To save the poor and the afflicted does not consist so much in comforting them or giving them bread as in helping them face their destiny, to realize themselves through their own efforts and to discover they are helpless if they do not first acknowledge their brothers and sisters and act with them. God has placed in our midst all that we need to solve our problems. What great, noble and true things there are in this world about which we speak negatively. Let us accept what is good, wherever we find it, even among unbelievers.