Gently the breeze blows as I gaze upon the breathtaking scene before me. I breathe in fresh air overlooking the vibrant rolling hills cascading down to the Sea of Galilee. I still find it hard to believe I have walked through these places and seen them with my own eyes, so alive they have become now. Even where I stand, on the Mount of the Beatitudes, feels like hallowed ground. I can almost hear Jesus as I sit in the grass giving the Sermon on the Mount described in Mathew 5-7. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted… My thoughts drift, what would it have been like to see and to hear Him while He walked among us?
My eyes explore the Sea of Galilee in the distance, this is where Jesus spent most of His life and ministry along the shores of this fresh water lake. In this area, many of the His parables were shared and His miracles took place like the feeding of 5000, walking on water, and the calming of the storm. Peter, Andrew, James, and John, all fisherman, were called to follow him from here and Mathew also leaved nearby.
Along the shore Capernaum lies and was the teaching base of Jesus. We visited the ruins of what are believed to be Peter’s home where the 5th century Byzantine church of Capernaum stands directly on top with the aim of preserving its exact location. You can view the site through a glass floor. Nearby were the ruins of the synagogue, among the oldest in the world. Today the ruins of the city are owned by two churches: the Franciscans control the western portion with the synagogue and the Greek Orthodox, marked by the white church with red domes, owns the eastern end.
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