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Friday after Ash Wednesday | Journey to Jerusalem

Welcome to Cathedral's Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem." We are blessed to have over 20 parishioners and friends embarking on the trip of a lifetime - a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan for 12 days. The pilgrims will travel later this month, and they will be documenting their journey on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

You're invited to read a reflection from a pilgrim below, as well as a snippet of information about the Holy Land. We pray that learning about the Holy Land this Lent brings you deeper into your faith!

Reflections from a Pilgrim

Meet Beth! Beth is excited to travel to the Holy Land, just as her husband Nick did back in college. Beth says, "I consider myself a faithful Catholic, but there will be something immensely powerful about being in the same places where Jesus walked." Beth is looking forward to see some of the sites where Jesus did His ministry (mostly around the Sea of Galilee) - she's been learning more about those sites from reading Fr. Jim Martin, SJ's book "Jesus: A Pilgrimage." The pilgrims will be in Tiberias (where the Sea of Galilee is!) for three days.

Did you know?

On this second full day in the Holy Land, our pilgrims will be visiting Tiberias. The area around the Sea of Galilee in the Northern area of present-day Israel was the place where many of Jesus’ preaching, teaching, and miracles occurred. This fertile area remains largely undeveloped, and retains many of the same features as in Jesus’ day. Agriculture and fishing were the lifeblood of this area—so you can see why so many of Jesus’ teachings and parables were framed by these topics! This area includes Capernaum, Nazareth, and the Mount of Beatitudes.