Mass Readings: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12,17-19/Matthew 4:1-11

Arguing for ‘Kind of Wrong’

I’ve noticed that often my problem isn’t distinguishing wrong from right. No, it’s trying really hard to make what’s wrong seem all right. A bit like Eve in today’s first reading where she continues to chat with the snake. If she had simply said “No, I can’t do that” and walked away, well, that would have been another story. If I did the same when I’m tempted, well, that would make those other stories, too.

Instead, I lean toward a “yeah, but” approach and argue why this time what usually might be wrong is actually only “kind of wrong.” Eve should have, and I need to, quit arguing and debating and — as some translations put it — “flee from temptation” (2 Tm 2:22).

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not only see what’s right but do what’s right.