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The surprise of the rich man and his attempt to fix things up is a bit like the story of the young assistant curate who, while pedaling his bike to a pastoral visit, sees Jesus walking through town heading in the direction of his church. He races back to the vicarage and rouses the vicar. He tells the vicar that Jesus is on his way to the Church. "Are you sure?" enquires the vicar. "Absolutely, it was him," replies the young priest. "This is too much for me. I had better ring the bishop," says the vicar. He gets straight on the phone to the bishop and tells him that Jesus is on the way to the church. The vicar’s plea for help is met with a stunned silence. Eventually the silence is broken with the Bishop’s sagely reply, ‘Well then, you blokes had better look busy!’

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