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The Navel of Our World Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Navel of Our World

We often talk about letting Jesus into our heart. Could it be more useful to picture him as our navel?

At a Glance

While visiting Easter Island, writer Paul Theroux is surprised to learn that the island in the middle of the vast South Pacific lays claim to being the "navel of the world." Then he discovered that this island is not the only place that makes a similar claim. The Bible, too, says something about this, and on Palm Sunday, we are invited to make Jesus the center of our universe.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the epistle reading, see "Terminal Velocity," March 24, 2002, at

It's fair to say that scarcely any place on our planet is more off the beaten track than Easter Island. Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, more than 2,100 miles west of Chile, its nearest inhabited neighbor is Pitcairn Island, almost 1,300 miles farther west. Two thousand one hundred miles. That's precisely the distance between Chicago and San Francisco. If you left Chicago on Monday morning, and drove 10 hours a day, at an average speed of 70 mph, you'd drive three days...

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