Satan is really good at one thing: deception. More on that in a moment. Ancient prophesies said that the Messiah would come and make the deaf hear and the mute speak. Guess what Jesus does in today’s Gospel reading from Mark 7.
For the first reading today from Genesis 3, we’re back in the Garden of Eden. Remember that God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In today’s passage, Satan (the serpent) comes along and convinces them that God has lied to them. They fall for it, and eat from the tree.
Satan is often called “the father of lies.” His greatest skill is deception. Always has been, always will be. You know well that he’s still at it today. He always wants to make wrong seem right and right seem wrong. His stock and trade is to confuse and deceive. It’s been said that his greatest deception is to make people think that he doesn’t even exist. Don’t fall for it, my friend. His greatest delight would be for you and those you love to join him in hell.
Father, you know how easily we can be deceived by Satan. Help us stay focused on Jesus, that we may tune out the lies of the evil one. Amen.