Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee.
What it sounded like.
Today we explored Peter.
It is Quinquagesima Sunday, but because we were at the place where the Lord appeared to the Apostles after the Resurrection, and Christ interrogated Peter about his love, we used a Votive Mass of the place. Here are three of the originally 12 heart-shaped stones at the beach.
This is where the Lord undid Peter’s betrayal by his three-fold interrogation.
John 21:  When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou [ἀγαπᾷς] me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee [φιλῶ]. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou [ἀγαπᾷς] me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love [φιλῶ] thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.  He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou [φιλεῖς] me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou [φιλεῖς]me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee [φιλῶ]. He said to him: Feed my sheep.  Amen, amen I say to thee, when thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.  And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.  Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also leaned on his breast at supper, and said: Lord, who is he that shall betray thee?
In the church, in the clutches of Franciscans, is the “Mensa Christi”, a stone which was, so it is said, “Christ’s table” where he gave the Apostles something to eat on the short of the Sea of Galilee after another miraculous catch.
We then journeyed to this mysterious and tremendous place, formerly a shrine of Pan, Caesarea Philippi. Here, at the mouth of a cave, once the very outlet of a source of the all important and symbolic Jordan River, Christ asked, “Who do men say that I am”? Peter made the right response. May Peter, still with us, truly make the same response always.
A reconstruction of the area, near the border of Lebanon. The area is surrounded with fenced off areas with “land mine” signs.
Up on the Golan Heights we stopped for lunch in a Druze village.
On our way back to Tiberias, we stopped at an overlook into Syria, where there are the remains of a once Christian village destroyed by so-called “freedom fighters”. Let us not forget the Christians in Syria.