Today our little group went on a bus trip to the Mount of Olives. We basically walked the Palm Sunday Route. We stopped at the Our Father Church which is built over caves that Jesus lived in when in Jerusalem. This is also where he taught the Apostles how to pray. Went to the place where Jesus wept over the city. Went to Gethsemane (means olive press) prayed over the Rock of the Agony. Then proceeded into the Old City and walked the Way of the Cross. A very spiritual day in every sense. We really did not have enough time to do the way of the Cross well so I'll come back. Above are pictures of the Pater Noster (Our Father) Church and Olives trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. Some trees are said to be off shoots of the trees that were there when Christ prayed. They live for a thousand years. Nor sure what is going on now but there was a lot of gun fire and a little while later there are all kinds of sirens. Probably a protest to the attacking of the supply boats to Gaza. I'm very, very far away from Gaza, but close to Bethlehem. Most probably nothing.
I am a Catholic Priest. Usually I am a Pastor of a Parish, but now I am on Sabbatical in the Holy Land. I would like to share with you my journey. I hope it inspires you to become closer to Christ. This is a great adventure for me, so check back & see what I have done each day.