Today we went up to the mount where the Lord delivered the greatest sermon ever to be given and recounted, the Sermon on the Mount.
On the way, we went by the opening of the valley that leads up to where Cana is.
It was a variable day, starting in rain.
It is probable that, contrary to art both kitschy and good, the people were on the slopes above the Lord, who spoke upward. Think amphitheater.
We had Mass at the summit, at an outside altar overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
I did a couple more videos. I have no special plan for these. Just a thought.
We were at Tabgha, where it is thought that the Lord performed one of the two miracles of multiplication of loaves and fishes. The famous mosaic fragment of the basket and fish is here. German Benedictines built a magnificent church here, in the style of the basilica that was built here in 480, destroyed later by the Persians. This architecture really does it for me, more than others.
We had a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and had them shut off the engine, for some silence and some Scripture, about the Lord calm the storm and walking on the water.
In the museum at the kibbutz there is preserved a 1st c. fishing boat. This is Migdal, or Magadala, where there was a large fishing concern. This place figures big in Josephus’ accounts of the area.
Lunch was at, I am told, one of the best places around for seafood. The meze or “appetizers” were fantastic.
Then off to Capernaum. There are some interesting archaeological digs here. It was a big town, as towns went, on the trade route. It is no wonder that the Lord based a lot of his activities in this area. Think about it. In the ancient world, news traveled about 5 miles an hour on average. On a trade route, there was more consistent transfer of news.
A few more moments.
Commenting at Caparnaum.