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Walking the way of the Cross

In Christian tradition, Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and carries on through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the Cross, beginning with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and concluding with his lonely trek from the Upper Room through Gethsemane and ultimately to Calvary and the empty tomb. During the three years of his public ministry Jesus had been in control. He was very much a man of purpose, traveling from village to village, teaching, healing and announcing the arrival of God’s kingdom. He had come and gone as he wished. But when he was handed over to his enemies in the garden of Gethsemane, all this came to

A journey from darkness into light

Nicodemus is at the centre of today’s Gospel – John 3:14-21. He was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin – the supreme court of the Jews. He appears just three times in the four Gospels – all in John. The first time Nicodemus appears is in John Chapter 3 when he visited Jesus. He had heard about the kind of things Jesus was saying and doing, and was impressed. To him it was clear that the hand of God was in them. So he wanted to meet him. He came to see Jesus under the cover of darkness, which suggests that he didn’t want to be seen. Given the fact that he was a Pharisee, it was a wonder he came at all. Jesus honoured him with a long interview. By the time Nicodemus puts in his second ap

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