Tuesday, June 6 (May 24), 2023
Rom. 1:1-7,13-17; Mt. 4:25-5:13
After the Lord was baptized, when the Spirit descended upon Him as a dove, He came into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil [Mt. 4:1]. Such is also the way of every Christian.
St. Isaac of Syria, a prominent author of the VI century, noted somewhere that as soon as you receive consolation by Lord’s grace, or any other gift from the Lord, ─ you have to brace for temptations. Temptations cover the shining of Lord’s grace from human eyes; if not for that, our pride and vainglory would pervert and ruin any good which we have received.
These temptations could be both external ─ afflictions, humiliations, ─ and internal ─ passions and evil thoughts, set free against us like wild beasts, on purpose. Therefore, we ought to be watchful, inside and out, to discern all causes and consequences of our temptations, to find out what they really mean for us.