Temptations. They come in so many forms. I still remember when a high school classmate offered to pay me to write his term paper. I really needed the money, but I knew I had to say no.

Today’s Gospel parable (Lk 19:11-28) reminds us that if we’re not faithful in little things, it’s tough to do what’s right when faced with the bigger stuff. Our story from Maccabees shows us the extreme – there’s nothing bigger than facing death for our beliefs.

But this family is faithful in big and little ways. They follow the smaller details of the law, but also understand who it is that gives them “both breath and life.”

Temptations can be tough, but we can trust – as this exemplary woman in today’s reading does – that the merciful God who set everything in order will save us in the end. We don’t have to be afraid.

—Rita Zyber is RCIA and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.



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