This was a very moving moment when the Pilrimage was able to celebrate Mass over the Rock of St. Peter. We then were able to walk right to the spot where Jesus actually cooked breakfast for His apostles on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee-:)!!
We then journeyed on to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes. Here we learned that just this June 18th, 2015, this religious site was hit by terrorist. The smell of the fire still remained and shook one’s soul to the core as you reflected on the need for peace in the Middle East.
We are now headed to the West Bank area of Palestine. Clearing the check point going in was relatively easy. I noticed that those traveling out of Palestine weren’t as fortunate.
We now were surprised by our tour guide to be headed to Jericho. Jericho is claimed as the oldest city in the world!! It is 8,000 years old-:)!! It is also located at 1300 feet BELOW sea level.
We then had the thrill of a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We sat in silence as we each listened to Monsignor Higan’s inspiring message and then meditated on all that Jesus had experienced in this very sacred space. Jedus was exhausted from all his travels and preaching and had fallen asleep. He awoke to disciples not trusting enough that He could calm the seas or the storms of even our personal lives. I believe each Pilgram took away s different experience of His desire for our internal peace and happiness. It was a very moving float experience across the waters of Galilee.