We don’t often have the opportunity to speak of our old enemy, the devil, but this week’s gospel touches on him so I think it is appropriate to share the following story with you.
When the devil saw a seeker of truth enter the house of the Master, he was determined to do everything in his power to turn him back from his quest. So he subjected him to every from of temptation—from wealth, lust, prestige—but the seeker was able to fight off these temptations quite easily.
When he reached the Master’s house, the seeker was somewhat taken aback to see the Master sitting in an upholstered chair with his disciples at his feet. “That man certainly lacks humility, the principal virtue of the saints,” he thought to himself. Then he observed other things about the Master he did not like. For one thing, the Master took little notice of him. “I suppose that’s because I do not fawn over him like the others do,” he said to himself. He also disliked the kind of clothes the Master wore and the somewhat conceited way he spoke. All this led him to the conclusion that he had come to the wrong place and must continue his quest elsewhere.
As he walked out of the room, the Master, who had seen the devil seated in the corner of the room, said, “You need not have worried, tempter, he was yours from the very first, you know.”
Love in my Master’s Name;
Fr Des Smit