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Tuesday of the First Week of Lent | Journey to Jerusalem

Welcome to Cathedral's Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem," where we are documenting Cathedral's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 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

Today, we introduce Gino and Peggy. Gino says, "My wife and I attended Catholic schools for elementary school through college, so we had plenty of religion classes.  Now we will be visiting the land where Jesus was born, raised, preached and died all for our sake. For us this trip is a dream come true. We are excited that this trip includes Old Testament sites, New Testament sites, and a trip to Jordan."

Did you know?

Our pilgrims will visit Amman before crossing the Jordan back to Israel and their destination of Jericho. The Jordan River flows south from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, east of Jerusalem--a length of 156 miles. The Gospel of Luke tells us: “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Lk 9:51. Walking from the towns of Galilee down to Jerusalem was a 3-week journey!  Just picture the commitment required of Jesus and His disciples!   The Jordan is also significant due to the fact that this is where Jesus is baptized.  Jericho was site of many of Jesus' cures.  It the was at the gates of this Jericho that Christ cured two blind men (Matthew 20:29-34), only one--Bartimeus--according to Mark (10:46) and Luke (xviii, 35), and saw  Zacheus (Luke 19:1-5).