Palestine
Palestine

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  • Day14

    Western (Wailing) Wall, City of David

    May 20, 2015 in Palestine ⋅

    Today we walked back into the Old City via Zion Gate. We went to the Broad Wall (an ancient remnant of the wall around Hezekiah's Jerusalem). Then we made our way through the security checkpoint to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). From there we made our way down to the City of David and the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel.

    In Florence, over a decade ago, I begrudgingly paid the fee to walk into the museum that housed Michelangelo's David. As I viewed the statue from my low perch below, I was overwhelmed at the sight of it. On that day, I was not expecting to be moved. Today as I walked toward the Wailing Wall, that same feeling came flooding back over me. My throat tightened and tears started to well up in the corner of my eyes as I neared the wall. I struggled to find a small spot between worshipers and tuck my hastily written prayer into any available crack.

    The Wailing Wall is part of the retaining wall that held up the foundation for the second temple. It is the last remaining portion of the structure and is currently the closest thing that the Jews have to their ancient temple which housed the very presence of God. For this reason it is a place that is so important to Jewish worship. There is a sign leading up to the place where the Temple used to be (now where the Dome of the Rock is located) that says that no Jew should enter the place above because they may inadvertently enter the Holy of Holies and be struck dead.

    Standing at the Wailing Wall today, I laid my hands on the smooth stone, worn by millions of hands and lips that have rubbed the roughness away. I allowed the profundity of the moment to sink in and found my way to Hebrews 10:11-14 and the words leapt off the page into my heart.

    "And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."

    I prayed for the people around me who were rocking back and forth and crying, and as I backed away from the wall, they continued to offer their powerless sacrifices.
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  • Day22

    Dead Sea Floating

    May 28, 2015 in Palestine ⋅

    Some members of our team floating in the crazy water of the Dead Sea. It really is quite an experience, including the mandatory mud bath. But you don't want to get that stuff in your mouth. Oh, and don't splash your friends because they'll get mad at you when it feels like their eyes are on fire.

  • Day18

    Mount of Olives

    May 24, 2015 in Palestine ⋅

    Our travels yesterday included a stop at Mt. Scopus and a good look at a first century tomb as Jesus would have been buried in. We took long, winding walk down the Mount of Olives. With thousands of other tourists and pilgrims, vendors and swindlers (not to mention “Jerusalem Taxi” camels), we stopped at the holy sites on the hill including the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of the Nations), and the church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We then headed south from Jerusalem to the egotistical Herodium. We spent the afternoon at the traditional site of the Shepherds Field and then on to Bethlehem to finish the day.

    There were so many lessons wrapped up in our travels today. Seeing the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives broke down many pre-conceived ideas I had about the city; the most prominent of which is that Jerusalem isn't really on a hill. More like down in a ditch. I was always taught that it was a “city on a hill...” which is true if you’re coming to Jerusalem from fifty miles out. It is a truth for travelers.

    But once you get here, Jerusalem is down in a valley with mountains rising on almost every side. It’s not the lowest thing around, but it comes close. The entire two mile long ridge of Mount of Olives looks down on the city. It begs the question why David chose this spot for the capital city and eventually the Holy Temple of God. It seems to many who visit that the lower elevation would compromise the perception of divine credibility. “What kind of god lives in a hole?”

    I read Isaiah 2:2. “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills.” And I am reminded once again that God’s got a plan, and once again, it’s the very thing we don’t expect.

    I am learning that place participates with struggle. Let me explain that. As Jesus agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane over his impending death (which included not just extreme physical pain, but an encounter with the full-on wrath of God), the Judean Wilderness was right there. Within a half-day walk, Jesus could flee His purpose and be lost in the crags and canyons of the wild just to the East of the garden. From the Mount of Olives, Jesus could see a way out. This moment might be the closest we come to losing our salvation. He is on the cusp of walking away.

    We learned (an advantage to walking this land) that often in the Bible when someone walks to the east, bad things happen. Adam and Eve are cast to the East, the Tower of Babel is to the East, David flees to the East…

    So that night, even though he seemed ready to walk east, Jesus went west to Jerusalem and the cross.

    Standing in the olive trees, I could feel a tiny corner of His temptation to flee. It worried me and made me glad the fate of the world was not resting on these broken shoulders.
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  • Day3

    Bethlehem

    December 8, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    After Tel Aviv we headed to Bethlehem. We had a very special mass in the the cave of St Jerome who was believed to have translated the bible from Greek to Latin. We then went to have a look at the Church of the Nativity but it was too busy so we are going to go back tomorrow afternoon.

  • Day9

    Baptism at the River Jordan

    December 14, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The next place we visited today was the River Jordan. This is where Jesus Yeah was baptised by His cousin John the Baptist. We all renewed our baptismal rites here. I was extremely lucky to be baptised at this holy location by Bishop Michael. What an Honor!

  • Day10

    Domius Flevit

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    We then ventured down the path that Jesus followed on Palm Sunday to the Domius Flevit. This church was built on the location where Jesus wept for Jerusalem and prophecied its destruction. It had beautiful views of the old city of Jerusalem especially the Dome of the Rock.

  • Day10

    St Peter of Gallicantu

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    This is the place where Jesus was tried by the Jewish Supreme Court and found guilty. He was then sentenced to death. This church had three levels, the first level had icons depicting Jesus’ trial. The second level had images outlining Peter’s denial of Jesus and the third level was the dungeon in which Jesus was held before him appearing in front of Pontius Pilate.Read more

  • Day4

    Bethlehem

    December 9, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Our last adventure for today was going back to visit the Church of the Nativity which is exactly where Jesus was born. It was a stunning Church with Lots of Icons, religious artifacts and paintings. It was a fantastic experience to venerate on the spot where Jesus lay in his manger during the Nativity. It bought the christmas story alive!Read more

  • Day4

    Shepherd's Field

    December 9, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today we started with a visit to the Shepherd’s field where the angels came and told the shepherds about the arrival of Jesus. We celebrated mass in a cave under the field to commemorate this awesome event in the story of Jesus

  • Day10

    Pater Noster

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Today we began by visiting the Church of the Ascension. This is the highest point in Jerusalem and is where Jesus ascended in to heaven. The church is also the place with they celebrate the “Our Father”. Around the walls is the “Our Father” written in over 162 languages.

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