Finally we visited Capharnaum, a former trading centre where the taxes were collected from the caravans. Here in this busy place Jesus spoke in the Synagogue and amazed the crowds who began to spread His fame as a preacher and healer all along the trade route. The former bustling city is now just a ruin with remnants of the Synagogue still standing, as well as some structures from the house of Peter's mother-in-law where Christ healed her. The Bible truly comes alive outside of Capharnaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee as we saw the place where Jesus established His church. To see and touch the rock at that location certainly was a moving experience for all of us.
The second day was an early rise and breakfast, we left our hotel at 7.30 a.m. for Capernaum and our first stop was Mount of Beatitude which commemorates Jesus Sermon on the Mount. We offered our first mass amidst the beautiful colonnade providing a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee. The beautiful gardens are a delightful place to spend some moments in contemplation or prayer. It was a powerful experience to re-live the Master Teacher telling his disciples what matters in life, how to be happy. This was a very moving experience for the group.