Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
On this first Sunday of Lent, we hear how Satan tempted Jesus. He was presented with food, fame, and fortune. And while He did not need the fame and fortune offered, Jesus was certainly hungry but knew stones were unnecessary. This story is the perfect lead into Lent, when we challenge ourselves to go a little hungry, become a bit more humble, and share our fortunes with others.
In family life, we are familiar with the adage of pushing buttons. We see it between our children. We might be guilty of it ourselves in regard to our spouses or co-workers. With those we know intimately, we know the habits we have that annoy those around us. We know what to say and how to say it to cause those we love unnecessary pain, embarrassment, or general annoyance. Sometimes, with a sense of power or pleasure, we do it anyway.
Satan tried to push Jesus’ buttons, but our Savior would have none of it. There is nothing Satan or the world has that Jesus wants or needs. He wants only us, our souls and our salvation.
Lent is the perfect time for us to review our own set of buttons and those we love to push. Jesus desires we stand together against Satan, that we work together to help each other "renounce Satan and all His works and all His empty promises." Lent’s reminder that we share our time, talent, and treasure can include our self-control in regard to those buttons.
Do I recognize how I might be pressing others to anger or frustration by what I say, or have I become overly sensitive to the actions of others?
Dear Lord, during this Lenten season, help me to see where Satan is trying to push my buttons through my own actions or of those around me. May I see that I can walk away as You did and only need Your love and to give that love to others.
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Copyright 2023 Rachel Watkins
About the Author
Wife of Matt for 36 years and mom to 11, Rachel is the creator/developer of The Little Flowers Girls' Club. She is a weekly contributor to Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak's radio program, More2Life on EWTN radio. She has also been a homeschooler for over 25 years and has dealt with multiple sclerosis as a chronic illness for a bit longer.