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S+L BLOG: Peter



The flush region of Caesarea Philipi is about an hour’s drive north of the Sea of Galilee.  It was given to Herod the Great by Caesar Augustus around 20 BCE, who in turn handed it down to his son Philip.  Philip named it Caesarea in honor of Caesar, and his own name eventually became associated ...read more
During our fifth day in the Holy Land, on our way to Jerusalem, we stopped by to Mount Tabor (or Mount Hermon), the place where the Transfiguration of Jesus occurred.  The mountain is mentioned for the first time in the Bible in the Book of Joshua (19:22) and now houses a three-aisled basilica, built on the design ...read more
During our S+L Pilgrimage, one of our visiting sites was Peter’s Primacy. This is the place where after Jesus’ resurrection, He met with His disciples and asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” and told him “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:9) When I looked at the rock where the conversation took place, it seemed to me that scene was ...read more
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – February 7, 2016 The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water lake about 12 miles long and six miles wide. It lies some 685 feet below sea level and is about 200 feet deep. Fishing was and still is an important industry on the lake. The sea ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 23, 2015 In today’s Gospel (John 6:60-69), we hear of the mixed reactions of Jesus’ disciples to the Bread of Life discourse that we have heard over the past weeks. Jesus provided bread, but his bread is not like the manna that God provided in the ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B – May 10, 2015 On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, I wish to offer some reflections on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles [10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48], and then some thoughts on friendship flowing from John’s Gospel [15:9-17] and Benedict XVI’s teaching. Christianity demands that the believer ...read more