Genesis 2: 15-18 & 3: 1-7 & Matthew 4: 1-11
March 17, 2019
2nd Sunday in Lent
I once saw a bumper sticker that declared – “I can resist anything, except temptation!” Or the excuse often used by people who want to avoid taking responsibility for their actions – “It’s not my fault – the devil made me do it!” And then there is the ever popular defense – “I’m only human!” Which is another way of saying, “It’s God’s fault for making me this way.” Life is filled with examples of less than helpful choices which lead to less than helpful results, and we are often much better at making such choices than we are at owning up to them afterwards. Sometimes is is as simple as an insensitive remark which hurts someone’s feelings. Sometimes it is as disastrous as the use of weapons of mass destruction which kill thousands of people. Life is about the paths we choose to travel and the consequences of those choices.