Monday, November 17, 2008

Around the Sea of Galilee Day

by Steve Ray on November 17, 2008

Today could be called “Galilee Day” since it was spent visiting all the sites where Jesus lived and ministered around the Sea. Enjoy!


From Jerusalem to Cana & Nazareth, to Tiberias

by Steve Ray on November 17, 2008

On Sunday we said Good-bye to Jerusalem and headed north to Galilee. Along the way we heard Mark Brumley’s conversion story on the buses and Roy Schoeman explained many fascinating things about Judaism and Christianity. Myself and the other guides took advantage of the time on the buses to share many things.

Our first stop was Cana of Galilee where we visited the Wedding Church where Jesus changed water into wine (John 2:1-11). Here the married couples renewed their wedding vows. Then to Nazareth to visit Mary’s Well, the House (cave) of the Holy Family and then to the Church of Annunciation. It was here that Gabriel spoke to Mary and the Incarnation began. The altar in the Grotto where we had Mass has written on it the words, “The Word Became Flesh HERE!”


Walking on Holy Ground Today

by Steve Ray on November 17, 2008

Today we have Mass at St. Peter’s House in Capernaum. Jesus lived here for three years and did more recorded miracles here than in any other city.

So what is so special about Holy Ground? The dirt and rocks look like any other dirt and rocks. But there is something very different about the land which is why pilgrims have traversed the world, endured much hardship, and fought to be here. Take a look at my article “Holy Ground, Holy Places.”

011 Capernaum2ba sm.jpgThis picture shows me teaching my pilgrims at one of my favorite places on the whole planet. I would rather pray here than sunbath on white sand beaches (which I’ve done), or deep sea dive in the clearest South Sea Oceans (which I’ve done) or just about anything else. I love to stand here and share with others at the very place Jesus said:

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” (John 6:53-56, RSVCE).

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I am standing with my pilgrims in the remains of the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus gave his teaching recorded in John 6. It is my favorite place in the world to teach and defend the Eucharist. Read my article here and see why Holy Ground, Holy Places are special and sacramental and holy.