A prophecy of Zechariah offers a powerful point of meditation as we near the final phase of Lent. The Book of Zechariah can be difficult in places, partly due to some obscure language, but also because there are two distinct textual traditions. Chapters 1-8 are the work of the prophet Zechariah himself, written before the inauguration of the Second Temple, possibly around the year 520BC. These initial chapters contain a sequence of visions that are explained to Zechariah by an angel in a series of questions and answers.
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1. Jesus is Lord
The incarnation is the pivot point of history. God became man so that man could become God. Once you understand and accept this it’s like a thunderclap.
Durer’s “Adoration of the Trinity” captures some of the grandeur of Catholic faith
I spent a long time not believing it. When I found myself no longer able to deny it, it was like door being opened to a new understanding of reality. I now had to measure everything in my life and my mind and my world against the certainty that the immaterial and transcendent Origin of all that is had chosen to bridge the gap between Himself and His creation in order to heal the broken bond with man and give us a very simple message: Love one another as I have loved you. God showed us his face.
And then he left us a Church, and Himself in the Eucharist.
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The palace is on the top of this hill.
Somewhere in these ruins, Salome danced
A prison cell?
Makauros, Site of Herod’s Palace
Where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed
The pillars once held a church over the location of the baptism of Jesus by John
A baptismal pool and cistern
Russian Guest House
The Jordan River
The wilderness of John
Did you come to see a reed bent by the wind?
Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Site of the Baptism of Jesus
Mount Nebo, where Moses first beheld the promised land.
St. George Orthodox Church, Madaba. Site of the Madaba Map
Mother of Mercy Clinic, staffed by Dominican nuns and Muslim nurses and doctors, funded CNEWA
Umm Qais (Gadara), Jordan. The city of the exorcism of Legion. (Matt. 8:28+)