Tuesday, 13 March 2007

But deliver us from evil

As Jesus taught us to pray, so He prayed for us at the Last Supper: "I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the Evil One... I pray not only for these but also for those who through their teaching will come to believe in me." (John 17: 14-15, 20)
That last verse is awesome (in the true sense of the word). That's us - you and me - being prayed for by the Son of God.
The Catechism tells us that when we say "deliver us from evil", we refer not to some abstract notion of evil, but to Satan, the Evil One, "the deceiver of the whole world". Through him sin and death entered the world and by his definitive defeat all creation will be "freed from the corruption of sin and death." Victory over the Evil One was won once for all at the Hour when Jesus freely gave Himself up to death to give us His life.

One who entrusts himself to God does not dread the devil. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

When we ask to be delivered from the Evil One, we pray as well to be freed from all evils, present, past, and future, of which he is the author or instigator. We see his works all around us in today's increasingly amoral society - in video games, films, television programmes, the media, government policies which sacrifice morality and the pursuit of the common good at the altar of political correctness and expediency, in the greed, corruption and self-interest of our politicians and those with economic clout.

We have our work cut out being faithful to God's Word in today's society. We are surrounded by temptation, our values are treated with scorn, and it's easy to fall down. But we continue to pray that God will help us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and fight the good fight to the finish. And we know He will, because He told us so.

1 comment:

Simon-Peter said...

"And we know He will, because He told us so."

Childlike. Perfect. What else is there to say?