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Mount Precipice

Mt. Precipice

Or The Mount of The Precipice, is the site of the cliff from which an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off after His proclamation in the synagogue.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers[d] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
~ Luke 4:16-30                  

Mt. Precipice 3 Fr. Off the Edge

Father Peter also hurled off the edge? Will you give him a hand?

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Patchwork of the Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley

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This last image is the first marker of The Gospel Trail, located on Mt. Precipice

Mt. Precipice 5 Gospel Trail Marker

Keep coming back to view more beautiful images from Father Peter’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.



Mount Tabor – The Transfiguration

Mt. Tabor

Father Peter is away on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but he keeps us close.

These are pictures from Mount Tabor, the mountain on which Jesus was Transfigured before His Disciples, Peter, James and John.

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The Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus Himself as the connecting point, acting as the Bridge between Heaven and Earth.

At the Transfiguration, Jesus showed His glory as God, and thus confirmed St Peter’s recent confession of faith: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16: 16; cf. Mk 8: 29 and Lk 9: 20). In this way he also strengthened the Apostles’ faith in advance, to face his coming Passion and Death (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 555 and 568), which he had already begun to announce to them (cf. Mt 16: 21; Mk 8:31; and Lk 9: 22). The presence of Moses and Elijah is highly significant: both of them “had seen God’s glory on the Mountain; the Law and the Prophets had announced the Messiah’s sufferings” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 555). The Evangelists also tell that as Peter was still speaking, proposing to make three booths, “a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,

‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him’”
(Mt 17: 5; cf. Mk 9: 7; and Lk 9: 34-35).

Commenting on this passage, some Fathers of the Church underline the difference between the representatives of the Old Testament – Moses and Elijah – and Christ: “They are my servants, this is my Son (…) I love them, but this is my Beloved: therefore, listen to him (…) Moses and Elijah spoke of the Christ, but they are servants like you; this is the Lord, listen to him” (St Jerome, Commentary on St Mark’s Gospel, 6).

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The above image, is of the southern Chapel, it is decorated with a painting of the Prophet Elijah in his confrontation with the false prophets of Ba’al on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:16-45).

Mt. Tabor - Transfiguration

This final image is of northern Chapel, which is dedicated to Moses. In this painting,       Moses holds the Tablets of the Law in his left hand; behind him is Mount Sinai and on the sides a large burning bush and a rock with water flowing from it (Exodus 17:6).

We will have more beautiful images from The Holy Land. Stay Tuned.