1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10
2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

​In today's Gospel, the devil tries to play God over Jesus by tempting Him in the desert while He is hungry, promising Him all the riches and power in this world and trying to make Him lose His trust in God the Father.

Come to think of it, aren't all the temptations we go through in life all about focusing on the sensual, the
worldly and the temporary to the detriment of the spiritual, the eternal? Reflect on all the temptations (and the falls) you and I have encountered in this life. Weren't they all temptations for us to play God?

And so it is that we have and still do follow our own desires and ambitions, our selfish personal agenda, without much thought about God's plan and agenda. Too engrossed in ourselves, we have often left out God, and thus played God, wanting to be in control and to be in charge.

Prayer: Lord, you alone are God. Remind us that we are not gods, and to stop playing God. Amen.

Fr. Dante