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Thursday 5 May

Acts 18:1-8, Ps.98, John 16:16-20


Paul was a tentmaker by trade. In the Old Testament tents were the equivalent of church buildings. In nomadic cultures they are places for life and liturgy.
The first reading got me thinking about freedom and responsiveness. Jesus didn’t even have a tent. Paul left the synagogue because he was made unwelcome. Consider the images: what does it mean to be a fixed buiding, or tent follower, of Christ? What sort of space would Jesus be more comfortable in as he ‘judges the world with saving justice.’

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