The gifts of God are so rich and varied that the devil uses that very generosity in God to stir up jealousy and envy. We see it in others. More importantly, we see its ugliness in our own hearts. The devil wants to use God's blessings to divide us and distract us from God's mission. The message that is at the heart of that mission - the message of Christ crucified - is the very message we most need to hear for all of the times we have let the devil win. Through the cross of Christ, we have hope and peace in the face of our own weaknesses and failures. In the cross of Christ, we receive the strength to come together to carry out God's mission.