Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: Abba Evagrios

“Take away temptations and no one will be saved” (Abba Evagrios).

It is Tuesday in Holy Week as I write this and also Passover. Had there never been temptation in the first place, none of us would have ever had to be saved. But, alas, temptation does exist and we need saving from it.

We are saved from it.  It is Holy Week and we are remembering the last days of Jesus.  He was put to death because sin is in the world and the authorities were affronted by a sinless man.  One of the many reasons God became incarnate is to show us how to live in this world, how to withstand temptation and to keep from sin.

As the Desert Christians tell us, it is a daily struggle.

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