By tour leader Ingrid Reichard
Today was a surreal day. We walked on the ground that Jesus walked on – the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. We started by setting a contemplative mood, and by 8:30 am read the whole Sermon, and we read it on the Mount.
We stopped at the place where Jesus multiplied the bread and fish to feed thousands and where he asks Peter three times about his love.
We spent time in Capernaum, the centre of Christ’s ministry, the home of Peter and Andrew and the location of so many of the miracles recorded in the gospels. Capernaum however did not believe and Jesus pronounce a “woe” over it…and indeed is a dead city, though at one time it was a thriving centre.
Right after a lunch of St. Peter’s fish we stopped at Magdala – the home of Mary Magdalene, the place of the healing of the woman with hemorrhage and the raising of Talitha, a very new site, discovered accidentally (during a hotel construction) just about 10 years ago.
It was a hot, mid-afternoon when we made it to Kursi, in the region of the Gerasenes – just east of the Jordan river between the Jewish and the Gentile territory. Some of us decided to sit out the climb up to the Chapel of Demoniac. This is the place that marks the casting out of legions into the swine. We read the long version of this account from Mark 5. We saw the steep bank near-by and marvelled at the saving and restoring power of Christ over anything that might oppress us.
It is hard to choose the highlight today, the boat ride was certainly a strong contender. We started with a moving rendition of O Canada, a less than perfect rendition of Put your Hand in the Hand, then great worship, and we wrapped it up with an amazing good attempt at dancing the whole of Hava Nagila.
Tomorrow we head north to the border with Lebanon and Syria, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi…and more.