Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these… Matthew 4
Prove yourself.
You know what people are saying.
You’re a fraud.
You talk the talk but you,
Don’t walk the walk.
Show them who’s boss.
Make them respect you,
Bow to your authority.
Go on,
Command them,
And they will worship you,
Give you everything you could
ever dream of,
And you can rule your world,
Yes, you heard me,
Control your destiny, rule your world.
You are entitled to this.
It is your birthright. Go on. Take it……

The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.”’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ Genesis 2
Hey humans,
You’re the cleverest of all God’s creatures,
And yet you live in darkness and ignorance,
Tilling the land, scrabbling for food.
You superstitious fools.
You have such great talent,
You’ve created artificial intelligence,
To do all the work, fight your wars,
And tell you the News it knows you need.
So feed your mind with the little devices,
You hold in your hands.
You have the world at your fingertips,
Press the button,
Plug yourselves in,
Eat the Apple, newest upgrade of course,
And know that you are gods,
Walking streets without even needing,
To look where they’re leading………

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Matthew 4
Programmes for happiness,
Too numerous to name.
The snake sneaks and slithers in the brain,
Get this, do that, earn the right to be………. loved…….
Ah, you’re not good enough.
Worship the method.
Try your luck. You gotta be in it to win it!
Trusssst innn meeeee………………

~ breathe ~

Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”’ Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. Matthew 4
Through the forty days and fort nights,
In the prayer and in the fasting,
Chewing God’s Word, slowly, faithfully,
Unconsciousness will be made conscious,
And there will be pain, soul searching, and Crying. There will be hunger and thirst.
Breathe, in the breath of God, drink,
Of the Living Water, not fed,
By bread alone. Be patient. Wait, in the
silence, for the Lord.

A conversation at the beginning of Lent, with Professor Malcolm Peet and Nur Jamila Parsons

~ by Fr Tim Ardouin on February 21, 2023.

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