The readings today present two very different dialogs. In the first reading, Adam and Eve talk with the devil (the serpent) and, believing the lies he tells them eventually fall into sin. In the Gospel reading Christ rejects all of the devil’s approaches and rebukes him. We need to stop negotiating with the devil and turn away because we should have no “common ground” with the devil. Bringing our sins to confession renews our relationship with God and, as today’s Psalm says, we are restored to the joy of his salvation.

ACTION: Begin your journey in Lent by ending any negotiations with the devil and opening up communication with God.

WRITTEN BY: Harold Clitheroe
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