Pitching Half-Truths

During the first week of Lent our minds are on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. The word Diablos, that we translate Satan, comes from two Greek words: “dia,” alongside; and “bolero,” to throw. Satan is the original hotshot pitcher. He can throw a fastball, a slider, and a positively wicked curveball. What is so challenging about the temptation in the wilderness is that Satan never tempts Jesus to do anything bad, illegal, or immoral. Bread could be given to the poor; power over the nations of the world could be used for good; and who would not be happy with Angels holding Him safely. The point was that Jesus was there to do God’s will and God’s will alone. He would not be distracted by any of Satan’s wild pitches. He is interested in God’s will – are you?.