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Chaplain's Thought for the Week Deliver us from Evil Evil is live backwards. Evil operates in our world by disrupting, devaluing and destroying all that is positive about life and living. The hideous face of Evil is unmasked in the narrative of the three temptations of Jesus in the wilderness. In the first temptation, the devil seeks to provoke uncertainty in Jesus’ mind about his identity by saying, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (St Luke 4.3) After 40 days of fasting, Jesus’ Achilles’ heel is deliberately targeted. Evil can be deviously rational, it seeks to destructively criticise and to discourage. In the second temptation, the devil promises Jesus the glory of political power. If the first temptation was psychologically subtle, the second represents ‘route one’ evil. The devil’s offer represents a flagrant deception and it implies that the only authority worth exercising is coercive. Evil lies and celebrates dominance. In the third temptation, Jesus is transported to the highest point of the Jerusalem Temple and he is challenged by the devil to jump. This is not a publicity stunt to court popularity, but an attack on Jesus’ confidence in his relationship with his Father. The devil even quotes Scripture as part of his ploy to question God’s care. Evil sows doubt, it targets our weaknesses, it is cynically reasonable, it blatantly lies, it seeks to control, it persistently undermines and it questions God’s love. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.” Words by Rev'd Taplin, School Chaplain
We've organised a sponsored row to raise money for @KingsCollegeNHS in support of @Kikomatthews an @MSJ_OGA who is rowing solo & unsupported across the Atlantic. On 3 March we'll be rowing from 7am to 7pm outside @waitrose , Malvern - please support us at https://t.co/TvZUuxWw75 https://t.co/zERcfalog2
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