Christ unites us to his battle and his agony. He urges us to vigilance of the heart in communion with his own. Vigilance is ‘custody of 2612 the heart’, and Jesus prayed for us to the Father: ‘Keep them in your name.”6° The Holy Spirit constantly seeks to awaken us to keep watch.’6’ Finally, this petition takes on all its dramatic meaning in relation to the last temptation of our earthly battle; it asks for final perseverance. ‘Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he 162 who is awake.~Ió2


‘But Deliver Us from Evil’

2850 The last petition to our Father is also included in Jesus’ prayer: ‘I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.”6~ It touches each of us personally, but it is always ‘we’ who pray, in communion with the whole Church, for the deliverance of the whole human family. The Lord’s Prayer continually opens us to the range of God’s economy of salvation. Our interdependence in the drama of sin 309 and death is turned into solidarity in the Body of Christ, the ‘com munion of saints’.’6~

2851 In this petition, evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The 391 devil (dia-bobs) is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. 2852 ‘A murderer from the beginning.., a liar and the father of lies’, Satan is ‘the deceiver of the whole world’.’6~ 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’.’66 Now ‘we know that anyone born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one.”6~ The Lord who has taken away your sin and pardoned your faults also protects you and keeps you from the wiles of your adversary the devil, so that the enemy, who is accustomed to leading into sin, may not surprise you. One who entrusts himself to God does not dread the devil. ‘If God is for us, who is against us?”68