Today was an incredible day. We visited many key areas that are in the Bible. Today for me the Bible came alive. It was a great day to ask myself some ‘I wonder’ questions, such as I wonder what the energy in the crowd would have been like. We visited Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We even got to taste some wine and imagine what it would have been like to be present for this miracle. We visited the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus first called his disciples. As I dipped my feet in the water, I wondered about what new things Jesus was calling me to, and how to follow him when I return home. The Sea of Galilee was a great place to think about how Jesus invites me to follow him every day and what that invitation can look like. We visited the Church of the Primacy of Peter and Capernaum where Jesus lived. I enjoyed seeing Capernaum where one of my favorite Bible stories took place, the healing of the paralytic man. We visited Tabgha, and had lunch at the Mountain of Beatitudes.
My favorite place to visit was the Mount of Beatitudes. It was so beautiful and peaceful there. As we ate Peter’s fish and enjoyed one another’s company at the table, there was a real sense of Christian community and love. During our time of reflection on the Mount of Beatitudes I was wondering around marveling at God’s creation when I stumbled upon a plaque that read, ‘Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink, whoever believes in me as scriptures says, rivers of living water flow from within him’. Beside this plaque was a beautiful fountain, and this created a lovely and powerful image for me. It made me think of those who have gone before us and the amazing rivers that flowed from them, rivers of love, perseverance, faith, courage, and hope. It also made me wonder how we too can have vibrant rivers flowing from within us.
Today was a very unique experience for me and when I read the Bible stories that took place in these villages I will always have these memories and images. Although most of the villages now are rather empty these stories are still important to us today. The Sea of Galilee where Jesus first called his disciples, leads to Him then commissioning them to go out and teach others. These stories remind us of the equality, justice, and peace that Jesus lived and taught. They remind us of the kingdom He continuously shared.
Whitney Pyche Melanson, St. Andrew’s Dartmouth, NS