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Touching Your Faith

Compared to the serenity of Galilee, we found Jerusalem to be crowded, busy, and a bit chaotic. Yet the chaos seemed appropriate, reflecting perfectly the dramatic end to Jesus’ earthly life. As the crossroads for the world’s three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem is an intense, interesting, and diverse city. For Christian pilgrims, there are countless places… Read More ›

Wearing Your Faith

Our pilgrimage was just beginning, yet we felt as if we were already getting a taste of the culture of the Holy Land. At the Toronto airport, we spotted a group of Orthodox Jews, no doubt on their way to Israel too. They were hard to miss, as the men were all wearing very distinctive… Read More ›

“Lord, It Is Good To Be Here! (Luke 9:33)” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

He took with him Peter and John and James and went up a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. (Lk 9:28-29) Beauty is an elusive thing. Is it simply in the eye of the beholder or are certain things inherently… Read More ›

Mount Tabor: The Mount of Transfiguration

“Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.” – Matthew 17:1 Mount Tabor, the highest mountain in Galilee, lies just 10 kilometres east of Nazareth. Because of its location along the ancient Via Maris trade route, it has always been a place of strategic… Read More ›

Salt of the Earth: Lessons from the Dead Sea

Situated in the southern part of Israel, the Dead Sea is a “must-see” on any pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Interestingly enough, it’s not a sea at all, but rather a very large lake.1 Because of its extremely high salt content (10 times that of the ocean), no plant or animal life can exist in… Read More ›

Bread of Life: The Bounty of God

“And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.  And all ate and were satisfied.” – Luke 9:16-17 In the Holy Land, it’s called Tabgha, “the place of the seven springs.” Its name originates… Read More ›

Living Stones

“Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:4-5 Standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee… Read More ›

The Miracle at Cana

“You have kept the good wine until now.” – John 2:10 To find the church in Cana, we meandered through narrow streets that seemed more like alleyways, past overgrown weeds, scattered bits of garbage, and broken street signs piled on top of one another. In the midst of this very human existence, we suddenly came… Read More ›

Pool of Bethesda: The Healing of the Paralytic

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethzatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time,… Read More ›

The Judean Desert

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matthew 4:1 Traveling south from Galilee, the landscape begins to change dramatically.  The fertile fields and abundant fruit trees disappear, and a harsh, inhospitable desert replaces them.  Its rolling hills are rocky and ever changing, shaped by… Read More ›