Shalom, People

tel aviv skyline
Tel Aviv

Greetings from Tel Aviv, Israel!

We have arrived at the shore of what the ancient Israelites called the Western Sea, a.k.a. the Mediterranean.

On our way from Ben Gurion airport, we drove past the city of Lod.

slaughter eatIn New Testament times, Lod was called Lydda. In Lydda St. Peter saw a vision. All the animals of the earth were before him, and he heard the Lord say, “Slaughter and eat…What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”

Anyway, we are weary from a long journey.

It is a great pleasure to re-unite with Raouf Korborani, who was our guide the last time I was here in the Holy Land.

Tomorrow we will visit the ruins of the fortress Herod the Great built on the Mediterranean to welcome the Romans.

These days it is known as “Ceasarea Maritima.” This is where St. Paul was imprisoned for two years before being sent to Rome for his final trial.

When the Muslims conquered the area, they found a beautiful church in honor of St. Paul. They admired the architecture before they destroyed the church. Then they built the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to look just like it.

After that, we will go to Haifa, which is where Elijah lived. Back then it was a remote mountain ridge (Mt. Carmel). Now it is a beautiful city.

More to come tomorrow, if it please God!

5 thoughts on “Shalom, People

  1. Hey Father White!! We are glad that you folks made it ok to Tel Aviv! Hope you have a great time and take lots of pictures!! 🙂 Please tell Mary Ann I said hello and that I am thinking of her on her wonderful journey to the Holy Land!! Thanks!!

  2. I’m so glad to know that you arrived safely. Say hi to everyone for me.

    I’ll look forward to future posts.

  3. Dear Father White, I hate to be a pest, but I just found out last night that my best friend has to have surgery on the 24th. Could you please pray for her in the Holy Land for me? Thank you so much!!

  4. Praying hard for you, Father, and all the rest of the pilgrims (Hi Mary Ann!). My hands are shaking at the very thought of seeing the place where Elijah lived – I hope you post pictures! 🙂

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