The First Sunday of Lent, February 26
The Temptation of Jesus
The most faithful member of our church is Satan.
Never misses Mass. Attends every meeting.
Fully engaged in every aspect of the community.
He prefers to remain unnoticed,
standing behind a pillar or in the shadows,
not only in the sanctuary, but also our consciousness.
We too often, too easily, unwittingly collaborate with him,
judging out of a sense of righteousness,
withdrawing to remain safe and secure.
So skillful he is at prodding and provoking,
pushes our buttons just with a glance.
It’s more comfortable to buy into the lie
that he does not exist, is not present with us.
Oh God, forgive us for what we have done
and what we have failed to do at the hands of the tempter,
the one who persuaded you to test Job,
the one who spoke through Peter, James and John,
and who acted through Judas.
Oh God, help us to recognize the temptations
and use them as opportunities
to grow closer to you through each other.