Today we had a lecture on the topic of Jesus and his Cultural Milieu. The main focus was on the Sacred and the Profane. Also about impurity both Ritual & Moral. It's amazing how many of the Scripture Stories deal with some sort of impurity. In the afternoon, I went into Bethlehem. I'm really beginning to like Bethlehem more and more. Even though it is a real hassle going through the Checkpoint and all the people trying to sell you things. There was a small group of Africans trying to maneuver through. They did not know English or Arabic, so they couldn't read the signs and were really. I helprd them through and they found their guide on the other side. Had a relaxing stroll through the town. Tonight we get to go to experience the evening prayer at a Mosque. Here are some pictures of the inside of St. Catherine's Church and a close up of the the stain glass window. It's a Franciscan Church, so I doubt if Sts. Francis & Anthony were there at Christ's birth.
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.