Great day beginning with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. This is such a lovely place it’s hard to get people to leave.
Then we drove one hour up to Banias which in the Bible is referred to as Caesarea Philippi. Along the way all three priests on the bus told us their vocations story. Everybody loves location stories!
I gave my talk on Peter and the primacy of Rome while we sat under the huge rock with the cave called the Gates of Hell.
We went into the Golan Heights and had a local lunch which everyone enjoyed very much. It was a simple lunch because we have a huge, and elegant dinner tonight. We looked out over the country of Syria and discussed the recent political situation.
We arrived back at the sea of Galilee to view the place where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish and the place where he fed his disciples early in the morning in John chapter 21. Then back up to Rosh Pina for the elegant dinner at Auberge Shulamit.
On the way home we turned the bus into a comedy club and everyone roared with laughter until we returned back to our hotel.