1st Sunday of Lent
See with us, often, we are tempted and after a while or almost immediately we might sin. But when by God's grace we resist a temptation we can experience that temptation as a difficult and distressing struggle. This is very clear when part of the temptation is our will wanting, being attracted to, something that our intellect knows is wrong. I want a chocolate but I've given them up for Lent. That of course can not happen with Our Lord his will his desire is always for what is truly good - but what about when a member of your family or a friend tries to make you miss Mass on a Sunday. Oh just this once they say, God won't mind, come shopping with me...
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Those who mourn are blessed. This is not the mourning of those who have lost hope in life and in God but the mourning that comes from the encounter with Divine love revealed in Jesus. We see it in St Peter when having betrayed our Lord, he meets his gaze, dissolves in tears and then repents and begins again. We see it in a different way in Mary Our Mother and the tiny few gathered at the foot of the cross. They are helpless, they can do nothing about what is happening, but they suffer with Jesus, they do not harden their hearts to those who are suffering.