First Sunday of Lent (B)
The fight against the devil


Imagine that St. Markís Gospel (Mark 1:12-13) today only mentions the temptation of Jesus in the desert but that St. Matthew (4: 1-11) gives  the details.
Let us just imagine and find out if things have changed since then. The Tempter said to Jesus: "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread." Today as yesterday, the answer would be "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God." The reality is that the world has not changed. The world is always looking for miracles and signs to believe. People try to contact fortune-tellers, palm readers, the so-called foreseers of the future to read their destiny.  Humans more and more forget that "every word that come forth from mouth of God" is the real medicine to human enigmas and is what heals for good.  Bread that represents material needs does not fulfill the hearts, even though we have reached a very high standard of knowledge since the time of Jesus.

St. Augustine said: "Because you made us for yourself, our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.Ē The Tempter said: "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone."
Today, a lot of people use the Holy Scriptures for their own purposes. So many wars has been waged in the name of religions.  Misusing God is the devilís work. So many times we say we feel that God has talked to us, or that God wants us to do this or that, or not to do this or that ... when actually it is I WANT THIS OR THAT.
God was not speaking to us at any time. Jesusís response was: "Again it is written, "You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test." The Tempter will have his last try: "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me." Again, today as yesterday, the worst of all sins is arrogance. You know that you are wrong, you refuse to acknowledge that fact, you continue to do sinful acts and thereby ruin the lives of many others, but pretending to be doing them a favor.  In business and at work you have done that so many times.
To neighbors and family, so many times you have pretended to be what you are not. You resort to trickery and dishonesty to cover up your lies. So much injustice, fights, wars and loss of lives have resulted from human arrogance.  Jesus will say: "Get away Satan, it is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and Him alone shall you serve." Today evidence of the devilís work is apparent all over the world. Satan is the master of many hearts.
What should we do?
St. Paul says:
"Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (Ephesians 6:10-13)