Pilgrimage, Footsteps of Paul and John
Fr. Peter Daly
October 27, 2007
My body is
If you ever get the chance to make the same trip --- go. It will change the way you read the Bible. It will give you a personal connection to the apostles and the early Christians.
For 17 days we followed the places associated with the letters of Paul and the writings of John, including the Book of Revelation. Gradually these scriptures began to make some sense in their own setting.
In the past, especially Revelation had seemed an impenetrable private vision, better off left out of the scriptures because it is too confusing and too open to crazy interpretations.
But as we
traveled across the ancient Roman
The details came alive.
We also understood the irony of the fact that a city famous for the eye salve it produced could be “spiritually blind.” The irony that a city so rich it refused help after an earthquake could be considered spiritually impoverished.
But it was not always the physical ruins that made the greatest impression. Sometimes we could feel a certain presence of the persons who had gone before us.
happened with two women. At
At the site, we know that there was a first century house. There we celebrated mass outside on a mountain top. There we could feel Mary’s calming presence.
In a world torn by religious division, this Jewish woman, the bearer of Jesus, is revered by Catholics, Orthodox, and Moslems. Maybe she could be a path to peace among her many children.
flowing water this ancient place of baptism made the spirit of
see a little band of people clustered by the river. There were Paul and Luke,
Timothy and Silas, who had come with
After 17 days of travel we are glad to be home. But our faith community now knows its roots among the ancients. We really are linked to all those who had gone before us, marked with the sign of faith.