Lent Day 5 – Not on Bread Alone

by Bishop Robert Barron

The temptations Jesus faced in the desert may seem a little obscure to us, but, in fact, they lie at the heart of all human temptation. They are three classic substitutes for the good that is God’s will.

The first great temptation is to focus our lives on material things and the satisfaction of sensual desire: “The tempter approached him and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.’” Jesus is starving after 40 days of fasting, and he feels the temptation to use his divine power to satisfy his bodily desires.

This means that he feels the pull to make the satisfaction of bodily desire the center and ground of his life. This is the pull toward hedonism—the philosophy that the good life is the physically-satisfying life. Food, drink, sex, material things, money, comfort, or a secure sense of the future have become the supreme values for many in our culture.

Many, many people throughout history, and to this day, are waylaid by this powerful temptation. It is powerful because the desires are so basic. Thomas Merton said that the sensual desires—for food, comfort, pleasure, and sex—are like little children in that they are so immediate and so insistent.

But our lives will never open to greater depth as long as we are dominated by our physical desires. This is why in so many of the initiation rituals of primal peoples, something like fasting or sensible deprivation is essential. It is also why initiation into a demanding form of life, like the military, often involves the deprivation of sensual pleasures.

When we give way to this temptation, it shuts down the soul, for the soul has been wired for God. It was created for journey into the divine, for the beatific vision. When sensual desire dominates, those deeper and richer desires are never felt or followed. They are, as Merton said, like little children, constantly clamoring for attention.

This is why Jesus responds: “Scripture has it, ‘Not on bread alone shall man live” (Matthew 4:4). Life means so much more than sensual pleasure. Love, loyalty, relationship, family, moral excellence, aesthetic pleasure, and the aspiration after God are all so much more important.


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  • Elizabeth

    “…But our lives will never open to greater depth as long as we are dominated by our physical desires..”
    “…it shuts down the soul, for the soul has been wired for God…”.
    “…This is why Jesus responds: “Scripture has it, ‘Not on bread alone shall man live” (Matthew 4:4)…”.

    A beautiful reminder there is joy in fasting – The purpose of fasting to bring us back to our dependence on God. For all that we have has come from the hand of God.
    Thank you Bishop Robert Barron.

  • Becky

    We were created by God and for God alone. In today’s world, the temptations are so great that we give in and buy that something we don’t need or break a fast because we don’t have the desire to really put our soul into it. Fasting with out an intention is not a fast….I never knew this until My Spiritual Director brought it to my attention quite a few years back…there has to be a purpose! If the purpose and intention are there, we are more likely to cling to the fast.
    It is so easy to get taken down by this world……giving in to our comforts, hunger, money and clinging to our material possessions.
    With my resent move, I could not believe the THINGS I had accumulated over a 15 year period! Unbelievable! But it was an offering by God to rid myself of all this Stuff! I donated to our St Vincent De Paul Center. And yet I still look around and need to untie myself from more in order for God to continue to move me and mold me into who he intended me to be…..Created for the Beatific Vision! I must keep my eyes on Heaven and not on this world!
    God Bless You All!

    • Mary


    • Emmalee

      Hi Becky. Excellent reflection! I have been forced to dial down due to losing my job 16 months ago. Pinching pennies like never before. But, it has taught me a lot about what is truly important.

      • Becky

        Pray for me and I will pray for you! And how true it is that when we go through the trails God send our way it is always to teach us what is most important in life.
        He has to shake us up sometimes for us to see what is important….Our Soul! And Our Personal relationship with God! So we can keep our eyes on Heaven!
        God Bless

    • mtt

      Hi, Becky. You must have a wonderful Spiritual Director to channel you. Wonderful convictions. Keep searching and you’ll find your treasure, even way before you get to the Beatific Vision. I would like to take it a step further and add that all these detachments are not ends in themselves, but the way to The End. We have to keep in mind we detach ourselves from these “things” to better “attach ourselves and our hearts to HIM. Thanks for your input!

      • Becky

        And you are so right. It is God transforming us and we must except the battle with self to overcome and see the fruit of success and to grow closer in our relationship with Him. Which is a blessing from God in the end to be able to see The End!
        God Bless

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      This is one of the problems I have with fasting. I find that fasting is fun. I have a hard time giving up fasting for Lent after lent is over.

    • concerned citizen

      Becky, I find that it is always better to be offering your fasting and / or any sacrifice or mortification for someone or for a cause. Like for the healing of a person. Or for a poor soul in purgatory. Or for the conversion of a particular person. It could also be for a group like for the conversion of ISIS. But fasting should also always be accompanied by prayers to be more effective. And yes, it could be done all year round and not only during Lent

      • Becky

        Concerned Citizen
        Thanks for the suggestions. I do really try to have an intention and sometimes I struggle to fulfill what I have intended to offer. That’s the struggle!
        But I must persevere and not let the evil one creep in to destroy it.
        Thanks so much!

    • Jennifer Walet

      I agree that tying a specific intention to fasting deepens ones’s resolve. I began fasting from all sweets in early January, offering this tiny sacrifice as a prayer for three immediate family members who are not practicing their faith. Every time I am tempted I remember them and my purpose in fasting. The “Little Black Book” for Lent from the Diocese of Saginaw, MI, describes fasting as a form of “prayer in action, helping us experience and express our hunger for God, our dependence on God, our weakness and frailty, and our willingness to change some of the patterns in our lives” (reflection for Ash Wednesday). This description further strengthens my resolve to incorporate fasting into my practice of my faith year round.

    • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

      OOOOo God Almighty and Sunny Florida: detachment from junk???? Yeah. I learned about that this last year in a major way. My FIL DIED AND left hub and I a house full of junk. Whew. The donations places had no room on the trucks to take it all . My attempt at holy humor grew after 30 garage and estate sales in a year in a half. You people have no clue. Bring it on Mr. Daddy God. WE have one load left from the first one in July 2014. Whew.

      • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

        Also you cannot take it with you. No U hauls on hearses on caskets. Also in the home town where we grew up here there is a giant fence between the U haul place and the Stowers funeral home here. The gate there is locked.

  • William John Meegan

    One of the most amazing chapters of the entire bible is Leviticus 26. Verses 3-13; speaks of the blessings that are bestowed upon those that worship and studies the sacred scriptures: i.e. WORD OF GOD correctly and Verses 14-46; are curses that will be enacted upon those that treat God disrespectfully summarily dismissing the sacred scriptures. What is amazing about this chapter is that Judaism does not recognize the spiritual blessings, which I interpret as Christ (Messiah), as miraculous; rather, they don’t see anything miraculous about them.

    “Where are the spiritual blessings one would expect to have first priority for the people of the Torah? The commentators explain that spiritual blessings are to be expected in reward for the spiritual pursuit of Torah knowledge and mitzvah (commandments) observance, there is nothing miraculous about such blessings. What is miraculous is that scholars and saints can be victorious warriors, prosperous businessmen and physically vigorous. …. why should observance of the Torah cause rain to fall? Thus, in choosing to emphasize this area of benefit, the Torah means to stress the all-encompassing nature of the blessings” (THE WISDOM OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET: The Sacred Letters as a Guide to Jewish Deed and Thought (pg 35), by Rabbi Michael L. Munk).

    Those that read that quote properly will see why the true mystical teachings of the sacred scriptures are not taught to the common man. This above quote more than suggest that the mysterious teachings of the Torah can be abused by thieves and murderers and all kinds of evil people for if they put their heart, mind and soul into the true underlining teachings of the sacred scriptures they also can become prosperous.

    “The sum total of human knowledge derives from the Torah; because, the universe is a product of Torah, which is the blueprint of the world, as Midrash teaches: God looked into the Torah and created the world (Zohar, Ruth 88). When His ineffable Word took physical form, heaven and earth became the clothing for the word of God, which infuses Creation, and without which Creation would not continue to exist. The spiritual Torah, which preceded the world, became clothed in ink and parchment and the Godly wisdom, which is the essence of Torah, remained hidden in the words and letters.” (THE WISDOM OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET: The Sacred Letters as a Guide to Jewish Deed and Thought (pg 47), by Rabbi Michael L. Munk).

    I believe that Judaism was one the major religions on the earth that realized that if they put their materialistic leanings in tune to the spiritual texts of the sacred scriptures they could obtain the blessings of God regardless of their character and personality. I believe that this is one of the primary reasons that the Masonic Order vets their membership. They want to make GOOD MEN BETTER MEN.

    I do not rehash these quotes to teach Judaism; rather, I do so to show that there are spiritual blessings to be obtained by honoring God via the study of his Word. It is from Leviticus 26:26; that Jesus quoted in reverse to answer Satan concerning the eating of bread. In the Jewish Torah (Stone Edition) Leviticus 26:26; says, “When I break for you the staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven and they will bring your bread by weight: you will eat and not be sated.”

    Jesus says, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).” Jesus’ statement is obviously a commentary on Leviticus 26:26.

    • Patricia Robertson

      One of the great beauties of Judaism is that it finds blessings in the everyday realities, that it blesses those realities with prayers for rising and washing and dressing and eating, making the mundane sacred, with no need for the miraculous. Thank you for this comment.

      • William John Meegan

        That is not what the ancient rabbis were commenting on; though, that is the popular interpretation of God’s blessings to those that study the Torah diligently. Yes, we know that the sun shines on the rich and poor; however, those that sincerely study Torah (any commentary on the Torah is Torah) receive mystical spiritual blessings.

        • Patricia Robertson

          I don’t think we disagree here. And yes, of course, the commentary on the Torah is the Torah. But don’t you think that’s what all those rituals and rules in Leviticus are about–markers that point beyond themselves to that which is fundamental? That seems to me to be the exact point–righteousness, or spiritual blessing, is the state attained when we study Torah and act right (sorry to oversimplify). Are you familiar with the mystical/kabbalisic story of creation in which God’s light, sent down in vessels to create the world, gets scattered when the vessels break. Our job as human beings is to gather up those sparks of light to reunite a divided world. And the way we do that is to study Torah, obey the law, and treat one another fairly. What does Micah say the Lord requires of us: to do justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. But back to your post: the study of Torah is central to any path that might lead to spiritual blessings and to God. If I were at my leisure I’ll pile up a few books here but I have another “study” today, which is sure to bring spiritual blessings–my nine-month-old grandson. Blessings to you, William John Meegan.

    • Elizabeth

      Matthew 4:4 seems to be related to:

      He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna,c a food unknown to you and your ancestors, so you might know that it is not by bread alone* that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

      • William John Meegan

        You are quite right; however, Deuteronomy is a recapitulation and commentary on the first four books of the Torah.

        Also see, Deuteronomy 11:26,28;

        • Patricia Robertson

          I see I’ve missed a bit of discussion here. Can’t resist sharing a couple of passages that are not from a scholarly work but I have found, over years of reading and reading, are remarkably enlightening Annie Dillard’s book “For the Time Being.” “A standard caution forbids teaching Kabbalah to anyone under forty. Recently an Ashkenazi Orthodox immigrant to Guatemala advised his adult, secular American grandson, ‘If you want to learn Kabbalah, lock yourself in a room with the Zohar and a pound of cocaine.’ This astounded the grandson and infuriated his father, the old immigrant’s son.” And, “The Talmud states that fetuses in the womb study Torah, and learn it by heart. They also see, moments before birth, all the mingled vastness of the universe, and its volumes of time, and its multitudes of peoples trampling the generations under. These unborn children are in a holy state. An angel comes to each one, however, just before he is born, and taps his lips so he forgets all he knows and joins the bewildered human race.”

          • William John Meegan

            If you can understand what the child saw upon being born than you don’t need a tutor to teach you the Zohar. Every child that comes into the world has full knowledge of the Torah; but, his or her family and society at large beats that knowledge out him or her with their secular education.

            I learn more about the Kabbalah by reading very little of the Zohar; though, I have all 23-volumes: i.e. English translation. I went directly to the Torah and you will be surprise the sacred geometry that is embedded into the Hebrew texts (not translations). I actually discovered the origin of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, which is esoterically codified to the first chapter of Genesis as is the STAR OF DAVID.

            That rule about 40-years of age before being taught to the Kabbalah was rescinded in 1840.

            Christian use to have their own Kabbalistic Teachings; but, apparently that has disappear from Christian traditions. I just happen to stumble into the Kabbalistic tradition via my sincere studies of the Torah. Kabbalah cannot be understood without knowing the symbolism of the Hebrew Alphabet and the Gematria value of Torah words. Did you know that Ain Sof was the LIGHT culled out of the DARKNESS and that LIGHT last but a fraction of a second in the material world. The LIGHT has to be continuously culled out of the DARKNESS. This is why Christ has to be crucified every nanosecond. Few Christians would understand that. The LIGHT is also YAHWEH (spiritualized EGO), which represents the four spiritual and mystical elements (spiritual amalgamation of Fire, Earth, Air and Water: i.e. first four days of creation) that causes creation to come into manifestation. The secret of creation is to create your own Garden of Eden and the secret of maintaining that garden as Adam was directed is to pound on the door of DARKNESS and cull out the LIGHT nanosecond by nanosecond.

            Once you have undergone the Initiatic Visionary Experience you cannot help but maintain your own Garden of Eden. The reason why most people stay eternally in HELL or PURGATORY is because each human being has the seed within themselves just like animals and plants (everything organic in the universe is based upon the DNA formula, which I broke the code to and copyrighted my discover of its repetitive pattern). Humans are incapable of changing their character and personality without divine interference. This is why every human being can be profiled. Each human being is repetitive (seed after its own kind) in their every thought, word and deed: though, they may not think that’s so. No human being can do other than reflect his own character and personality in his every thought, word and deed. Even if an individual tried to act different he would be repetitive to his own nature.

    • William John Meegan

      I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a sect of Judaism that branched off to emphasizes the blessings (Manna from Heaven) that God gives those that study his WORD. The blessing (Christ: i.e. Messiah) is Manna from heaven that cannot be used from day to day; whereby, Catholicism in modernity has forgotten how to read and study the bible. Those that know how to read and cull from the bible the WORD OF GOD: i.e. Manna from Heaven knows that that spiritual food is transient and new bread from heaven has to be cull out of the Torah constantly. Repeating the same old same old interpretation bygone eras is trying to eat yesterday’s Manna from heaven. Read my paper on Fra Angelico’s series of fresco paintings on the Annunciation: http://www.slideshare.net/williamjohnmeegan/fra-angelico-and-cg-jung and you’ll see how the Roman Catholic Church rehashed the THREE TEMPTATIONS OF CHRIST from another perspective.

      What stone was Satan talking about when he tempted Jesus? He was talking about the Temple’s Foundation Stone that now lies beneath the DOME OF THE ROCK, which is symbolic of the Pineal Gland, which in ancient times was known as the seat of the soul (THE JERUSALEM STONE OF CONSCIOUSNESS: DMT, KABBALAH AND THE PINEAL GLAND, BY Joel David Bakst, published City of Luz Publications http://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Stone-Consciousness-Kabbalah-Pineal/dp/1489543775/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455465957&sr=8-1&keywords=the+jerusalem+stone+of+consciousness).

  • Geraldine (Gerry) Novotny

    fasting… as jesus said, don’t make a big deal out of it to call attention to yourself…that would be narcissistic and not for the honor and glory of god. better to give up that 2nd cup of coffee or a favorite tv show with the right intensions… excuse my typing with one finger…arm in full cast. jesus allowed me to fall to bring him closer to him.

    • Elizabeth

      Gerry prayers for healing of your arm.

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      Prayers for your healing.

  • Begoña Garijo

    And then again, those little children claiming our attention will pull us out of the dessert, instead of staying in it with Jesus. It’s all about choosing time or eternity.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    It is very easy to let our 5 senses limit us. If it is beyond our 5 senses, then it may not be worth sensing. While food, drink and sex are not inherently bad, in excess they can become the largest wedge between us and the Lord. This world is only temporary, and we cannot let the temporal trump the eternal. Matthew 6: 25-34 sums it up perfectly.

    25“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
    26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
    27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
    28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
    29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
    30“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
    31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
    32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
    33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    34“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    Two more things about fasting. We cannot let this world also pressure us to show off our fasts. There was a hashtag on Twitter on what people are giving up for Lent. While the Spirit is guiding them to truly give something up for the Lord, pride is pushing them to let it shine to the world. 2nd thing is to not let the fasts be the central part of Lent. So many people just focus on the giving up aspect, that they fail to go any deeper with their journey. It becomes a very shallow season, where the only thing that occupies their mind is the thing they are giving up, and how tough it is. Then Easter comes, and they overindulge like there’s no tomorrow.

    • Emmalee

      Due to health issues, I cannot fast from food per se. There are certain things I cannot eat for medical reasons; however, I can become very ill if I do not eat regularly. My pastor (former) many years ago reminded me of other ways to fast, especially those things I enjoy – music, good TV, etc. I have also decided to treat myself as Temple of the Holy Spirit this Lent. That includes fasting but also realizing that I am the child of a King. My body, mind and soul are a gift from the Lord and I need to treat them as such.

      • concerned citizen

        Emmalee, the most important thing to fast is to fast from committing a particular sin. Like fast from gossip.

  • Joseph T. Garcia

    I have come , so that you might have ‘Life’, so that you have it more abundantly ” , says the Lord .

    • concerned citizen

      Pope John Paul II says that the Lord was referring of course to eternal life which He won for us through His Death and Resurrection.

  • Joe

    This statement really hit me: “When we give way to this temptation, it shuts down the soul”. I realized that hedonistic ways detracted from my character but to think that they actually affect my soul-which of course is true – is very powerful and motivational to me. I realize now that the avoidance of these practices creates free space and time for good, for graces, for strength. It reminds me of when I learned that having a vasectomy was a mortal sin. It hit me so deeply that – long story short – I worked to have it reversed to live open to life happily practicing natural family planning.

  • Anton D

    I wish I had this taught to me in catechism, when I was in Catholic school.

    This is the foundation on which I should have built my life.

    I was just a vague catholic. I had instances when non-Christians did look up to me hoping I may have something, don’t know why though,
    But I was full of _ _ _, and I let them down shockingly maybe sometimes.

    • Anton D

      But a few years back I heard you Fr. Barron on a short video on Lent mentioning how we should see the temptations of Jesus in the desert.
      And that really made me sit-up and think. I was very grateful that I had heard that. That is the one video that got me hooked on to ‘Word on fire’ and what you have to say. Again I will say Thank you very much Fr. Barron. God Bless you.

    • Elizabeth

      In retrospect, education about my Catholic faith continued after parochial elementary school thanks to the teachers, in the public school I attended and ran the Newman Club, introduced us to weekend retreats at the Cenacle Retreat house. It was there faith came alive for me. So much so it is on retreats I go when I am in need of spiritual strengthening for what life hands me.

    • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom stark61555

      Were you listening? I did. I live in Florida. Where’d you grow up.

  • Fisher

    This reflection is perfect for me to share with an RCIA candidate. He receives Communion, I discovered, and it has been difficult to convince him that abstaining until he is confirmed is a necessary sacrifice. I think this lecture will help him understand that it is not about excluding him, but all about nurturing and protecting.

  • ber

    Some of the greatest saints are testament to the fact that all these things have being tried and found wanting it is only trough gods grace that we can undertake anything however big or small even a holy thought is gods grace but he allowed us the freedom to cooperate with it if we indulge in these things we will soon find they are a temporary pleasure once achieved they have no life but God on the other hand rewards us for temptation masters if not it keeps us humble enough that. It was gods grace in the first place we achieved it spiritual pleasure endures and leaves a lasting impression and peace we are not of this world we give thanks for the pleasures God grants us

  • Marsha

    As I read through all the day’s gospel it struck me what a liar the devil is-so deceiving. He/it makes things so appealing and I fall for it so many times. The “bread” turned from stone sounded like a good idea at the time and, afterall, I was hungry! But then- he/it didn’t mention what the real content of the ” bread” was-plus the mold it contained. As I age in wisdom and grace, I get stronger at telling the devil- freak to go to hell and take his ” bread” with him.

    • Deng

      love your quote Marsha ” As I age in wisdom and grace, I get stronger at telling the devil- freak to go to hell and take his ” bread” with him.” Amen I say to that.

  • John McCarthy

    You shone a light on the tangled mess that thrives within me. Thank you.

  • concerned citizen

    We can choose to live the pampered life and avoid sacrifice, or we can do the Will of God at any cost by guarding the senses and placing one’s body under control.

    If a person habitually gives in to his every desire, he will never be master of himself. He will be bored by the things that are of God and insensitive to many Christian virtues.

    Jesus said, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

    Pope Paul VI said there is “no day without a cross; not a single day in which we are not to carry the cross of the Lord, in which we are not to accept his yoke. The way to personal sanctification should daily lead us to the cross.”

  • concerned citizen

    The most important thing to fast is to fast from committing sin. Fast from gossip. Fast from impure thoughts. Fast from cursing while driving. And so on..

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    Adam’s fall from Grace, put all souls in danger. The separation of Divine Will and Human Will give us pain and suffering. The Human will is prong to evil, and sin weak and sick. To end that that you have to give your Human will back to Jesus and live in his Divine Will. The Vatican has printed the book The Sun of by My Will Luisa Piccarreta she lived on the Eucharist for over sixty years Jesus removed her from the evil’s of this World, so she could compete what Adam should have competed if he had not fell out of the Divine Will. Jesus always did the Fathers Will. Never used his Human Will. Only the Divine Will.

  • concerned citizen

    Man does not live by bread alone but from every word that comes from the mouth of God. We know that the word here refers to Jesus Himself as He is the Word made Flesh. So He was also telling us that receiving the Bread of Life is a lot more important than the food that we eat. For though we may die physically without bread, it will only be our earthly life that we will lose. But if we do not have the Bread of Life, it is our supernatural life that we will lose.

  • Denise Guidry Mouledous

    I am reading the reflections of “The Little Black Book” which are centered on fasting but was still not getting it. Why is fasting so important? Then I read this Word on Fire and the light bulb suddenly turned on!!!! Thank you for this reading!!!!

    • Emmalee

      I also have The Little Black Book for Lent.

  • Barbara Ann Baugh

    However avoiding the sensual for the in my twenties and early thirties I became anorexic. I practiced fasting for the high it gave me. I also had weekends when I would “go dark” That is I would spend the weekend from Friday night until Mass Sunday evening with as much sensory deprivation as possible I pulled the blinds in my bedroom and only took two cups of cold coffee. It gave me a sense of power to do this. But perhaps my weakness is to desire power.

    • Anton D

      Thanks for sharing.
      I should be cautious as to why I fast or do penance not to feel good about about myself that I do it.
      But as Fr. Barron says so that I may see God’s purpose for my life and because ‘My life is not about me’.

  • rtclovesmac

    This story is one of the few that each Gospel includes which shows the importance of its message,

    As expressed at Mass this morning
    These are really an illustration of how we can respond to those basic temptations the Devil uses to distract us from the beauty that these needs truly are meant to be.
    He himself was lost to their perversion and tries to get us to follow his path which is vanity and folly.

    Think about it… The created is tempting the Creator to change creation to suit the created’s view of perfection. How absurd, yet such are the decisions many of us make.

    • Anton D

      – “The created is tempting the Creator to change creation to suit the created’s view of perfection.”
      – ” How absurd, yet such are the decisions many of us make.”

      I tend to forget this, I should keep this in mind.

  • Linda Dokey

    Amen Amen ♡ Help me Lord Jesus to only desire to please Thee. Amen

  • Vilma

    So true! Awesome as usual. http://www.shepherdoffaith.com

  • Norma

    We have become self centered, we must consider to return to God. For He is always waiting, reminding us of His great love and mercy.

  • Anniloh

    Pope Francis has asked us to fast from indifference.

  • Carla Archuleta

    Life is most difficult when essentials of life are allowed to tempt, but as I draw into a closer relationship with God those temptation are less. God help keep us focused on sharing your LOVE from the inside out! God Bless Everyone!