Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Temple Mount, Bethany, Jericho, Bethel & Satya

by Steve Ray on February 18, 2020

Another four amazing sites today. We started out on Temple Mount which is now under the control of the Muslims but where Solomon’s Temple once stood an the temple Jesus knew and loved. It is also called Mount Moriah. Then to Bethany where Jesus lived with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was his home and headquarters in the Jerusalem area. We had Mass there and saw the tomb of Lazarus (homily here).

Then to the lowest place on the face of the earth in the Jordan Valley. We had lunch at Jericho and saw Elisha’s Spring. From there up into the mountains between Jerusalem and Samaria to visit Bethel which is where Abraham and Jacob both built altars and where the Ark of the Covenant stood for a while (Steve Ray’s talk at Bethel). Then to Satya’s for the chef’s tasting dinner.


The Jews are a Sign

by Steve Ray on February 18, 2020

By Casey Chalk in The Catholic Thing, Jan 18, 2020.  I highly recommend this daily update on the Church, morality, politics and culture.

How odd of God to choose the Jews; but odder still are those who choose the Jewish God and hate the Jews.” (British journalist William Norman Ewer, 1885-1976).


download (8)“The American Catholic novelist Walker Percy once asked: “Why does no one find it remarkable that in most world cities today there are Jews but not one single Hittite, even though the Hittites had a great flourishing civilization while the Jews nearby were a weak and obscure people?

“When one meets a Jew in New York or New Orleans or Paris or Melbourne, it is remarkable that no one considers the event remarkable.  What are they doing here?. . .if there are Jews here, why are there not Hittites here?. . .Show me one Hittite in New York City.”

“Good questions in light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks in New York and elsewhere. But I would also add that the Jews offer credibility for the existence of a covenantal, personal God.

35-abraham“Credibility, though often overlooked, is an important part of our Catholic faith. It’s addressed quite early in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 156). Catholic theologian and Jewish convert Lawrence Feingold argues that there are various “supernatural signs that manifest the miraculous action of God……”

For the whole (short) article, click HERE. For my blog post “Jews as Proof of God’s Existence and Faithfulness”, click HERE.