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Beyond locked doors

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Imprisoned by hope

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Me and them

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Galilee of the nations

Why do Matthew and Mark speak so much about Galilee? And why does Jesus say, in...

The doors were closed

‘The sun rises; the sun sets. The wind turns and turns again. The rivers flow into...

‘Blessings on him who comes!’

We live in a tension between the present and the future. We cannot settle for either....

Despiséd, rejected

Once more we ‘go up’ to Jerusalem with the Jews of old to celebrate ‘the Pasch’....

Coming to our senses

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One more year

The insistent message is, ‘change your way of thinking’. It comes in the earliest verses of...

The prophecy of presence

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When a child speaks

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Mechanics and gardeners

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What a tragedy!

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