Postcard from the Middle East – Day 9

The focus of today was the spiritual context to which Jesus came. Visited Qumeran the home of the Essenes, the strict Jewish monks in the desert. Tjer is some suggestion in Scripture that John the Baptist was an Essene,and this informed.histheologh and practice. Also visited Masada, the desert fortress of the zealots. Originally the palace of Herod, it became the final.stand of.defence in the destricction by the Romans.

Most significantly though was the early morning Mass in the tomb of Jesus. I was surprised how moving this experience was. Came out from the tomb, in this Eastertide proclaiming, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Now the scene is set for Jesus world we head tomorrow to Bethlehem and his birth.

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