Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Mount Tabor, Cana & Nazareth; Dinner at Magdelena

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2019

Third day started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor. Taxi vans up the mountain for Mass at the site of the Transfiguration (homily here). Renewal of wedding vows at Cana and my talk on St. John chapter 2 (Watch talk here).

Lunch in Nazareth before visiting Church of Annunciation and praying the First Joyful Mystery where Mary heard the words of the angel. Then Church of St Joseph where the Holy Family lived. Gave my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.” Ended the day with some free time before dinner at the elegant Magdelena Restaurant.


After arriving in Tel Aviv and spending the first night in Tiberias, the group sure looked more refreshed and ready to go this morning.

We took off for Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes (homily here) before heading north to the upper tip of Israel, driving along the border with Lebanon. We went to Caesarea Philippi, which is today called Banias, and I gave my talk there “Peter: The Rock, the Keys and the Chair.”

We had a great down home and locally authentic meal at a Druze Restaurant. From there we drove back down to the Sea of Gallilee to spend time at Tabgha, where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish and then to the Church of The Primacy of Peter where I gave one of my favorite talks on St. John Chapter 21. Free time back at the hotel, another great Ron Beach dinner and going to bed early.

The mayor of Tiberias stopped by for dinner and we had a nice chat. Above is a picture of Janet and I after our discussion with the mayor.


The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son.

“Rent is cheap,” I say.

“I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God.

Rent.jpg“I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.”

“I think I will,” says God.

“I might let you have a room or two,” I say.

“I like it,” says God. “I’ll take the two rooms. You might decide to give me more someday. I can wait,” says God.

“I’d like to give you more, but it a bit difficult. I need some space for me,” I say.

“I know,” says God, “but I’ll wait; I like what I see.”

“Hmm, maybe I can let you have another room. I really don’t need that much.“

“Thanks,” says God. “I’ll take it. I like what I see.“

“I’d like to give you the whole house, but I’m not sure.“

“Think on it,” says God; “I would not put you out. Your house would be mine and my son would live in it. You’d have more space than you’ve ever had before.“

“But, I don’t understand at all,” I say.

“I know,” says God, “but I can’t tell you about that. You have to discover it for yourself. That can only happen if you let me have the whole house.“

“That’s a bit risky,” I say.

“Yes,” says God, “but try me.“

“I’m not sure. I’ll let you know.“

“I can wait,” says God. “I like what I see.”