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On my recent holiday, I walked a section of the Camino de Santiago that begins in Le Puy-en-Velay in France. The year before I walked more than 700 km across northern Spain from St. Jean Pied de Port to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St. James the apostle are said to be found. It’s a long walk. And yet the Camino is becoming increasingly popular, with more people walking the Way each year. You might wonder why there are so many people who willing to take a month or more out of their lives and walk such long distances, often in great pain because of blisters on their feet, and a whole variety of other ailments. We go on pilgrimage because we are looking fo

It's Not About Bread

It’s not about bread. We are now in the fourth straight week of readings from the sixth chapter of John’s gospel and by now, I hope we’ve made it at least this far. We often call this text the “Bread of Life” discourse, but it’s not about bread. This is Jesus at his most mystical, it’s the Jesus who left Nicodemus astonished and confused back in chapter three. If we try to take Jesus’ words literally here, we will end up as confused as Nicodemus, or even worse, as hostile as the crowd which confronts him in today’s gospel. Jesus is speaking here of a mystery that words can never fully capture, a mystery that is best articulated in sign, symbol and sacrament, in story and in dramatic enact

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