Day 8 – The Devil's Trap




In yesterday's reflection, we examined our consciousness to discover the image of the younger son in each one of us. We have realized that our self-centeredness and associated attitudes and traits are some of the key factors motivating us to break ties with God. Today, we go one level deeper to find the culprit.

When we were born, we trusted our parents in every aspect of our lives. We relied on them, learned from them, lived with them, and trusted their guidance. This is what it should be like for our relationship with the Heavenly Father. But someone doesn't like that! That is Satan. This should not be a surprise to us. Who on earth would want to break our relationship with God?

By casting doubts in the minds of Adam and Eve, Satan successfully caused them to trust in God no more. This same tactic of Satan has kept repeating itself throughout history. Satan wants us to shift our trust away from God to ourselves so that we can be easily manipulated by its evil plans on us. By fueling our ego, Satan effortlessly leads us away from God so that its goal to divide will succeed.

Unfortunately, Satan knows us very well. It knows we love success. Cunningly it finds ways to silently tempt us through pleasures, popularity, power, etc. Satan will provide all the fuel we need to drift away from the Father's House! That is why we need to be vigilant. Otherwise, we can be easily tricked by the Devil unknowingly.

In his apostolic letter Patris Corde, when Pope Francis describes one of the characteristics of St. Joseph being "a father in the shadows", he says, "In his relationship with Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father: he watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way." The Pope has so beautifully described the relationship between Jesus and St. Joseph. How humble Jesus was to subject Himself to Joseph, who was God's creation. If Jesus, being a God-man, also subjected himself to the guidance and boundaries by His earthly foster father, how much more should we also stay in the Father's House to be watched over, be protected, and be guided!

Our Father's love for us is not possessive. He allows us to choose Him, or not. His love for us is so unconditional but that makes Him so vulnerable! The choice is ours to make, to stay with Him, or to leave Him; to love Him, or not to love Him; to trust in Him, or to trust in the Devil.


Try to relive those moments when God took care of you, protected you, and guided you as a faithful God through the years.

Reflect upon the times when you set off to go your own way, and how God has come to your rescue as you called for His help.

Reflect on how Jesus had chosen to remain faithful and obedient to His Father. Will you follow Jesus’ footsteps in choosing your future path?


Heavenly Father, I know I have drifted away from You. I have not been a good and faithful child. And I realize that I must have broken Your Heart by choosing the evil ways! Yet, Your love for me is so constant, so unconditional, and so beautiful! Help me to stand firm in my trust in You and never again allow me to partner with Satan to hurt You. I renounce Satan and all its works on me. If I am to choose again, I will choose You, my Lord!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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