Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land.
On our second day we first travelled to Madaba and Mount Nebo, from where Moses saw the Promised Land. After a brief stop in Jericho, we crossed the Allenby Bridge to go from Jordan to the occupied territory. These are the only crossing points where Palestinians can go to the West Bank. We experienced what many Palestinians go through on a regular basis. A short drive that should last less than 30 minutes lasted more than four hours. We went through four check points and experienced the frustration of many people. In the end, Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, offered a prayer for those who live this every day – just to go to work or to meet their families.
On day three, we visited the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Lake Galilee. Because of the delays at customs we still have not reached Jerusalem yet. Tomorrow we will head north to Jerusalem and after spending most of the day there, we will head back to Jordan through the Allenby bridge.
Click here to view photos and more from the first portion of the trip, including the Papal Mass.
Click here to view photos and more from the final portion of the trip, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jordan.