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Lent 2017: Week 1

Week 1: Stillness exercise

Stand on one leg and extend your left arm upwards in the shape of the spout of a teapot. Say to yourself out loud three times, first in Hebrew, then in Greek, and finally in Latin: “What on earth am I doing this for? It is ludicrous.” Now do something perfectly normal. Sit in the back of the bus over ...

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Week 1: Gospel reading

Matthew 13 (New International Version) The Parable of the Sower That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went ...

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Week 1: Prey

I grew up between two homes and two parishes. My parents lived in Dublin and my godparents in Wicklow. So, over the years, I would have heard this parable in the city, where it was proclaimed by a D-Day veteran who had buried seventy soldiers in one day, both Allied and Axis; and I would have heard it in the ...

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Week 1: Pray

Broadcasting, which has been my job of work in a radio station for the past thirty years, understands itself, almost literally, as a form of sowing. In the last little while, however, there’s been a cost-benefit fashion for a more planned and productive ‘narrowcasting’, or for what media human resources now call niche programming. The parable of the sower and ...

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