Hide Not Your Face

Tuesday, 01 Jul 1997

In Jesus Christ, the God-Man, the true Temple is rebuilt after its destruction. It is his body torn, like the veil of Herod's temple, from top to bottom, that gives us access through his blood into the Holy of Holies.
Passing through the Wall into the last East Berlin train station on a characteristically grey day over a decade ago, I made my way to various sites, arriving finally at the Bundesmuseum, which housed some of Germany's finest paintings. In each room a guide was positioned who could explain each piece. One older woman, whose face mirrored a whole history, approached me and invited me to discuss the painting I was enjoying. Once she realized I was an American and that what little German I knew caused her great anguish to hear, I gave up the attempt and ...

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