Arrival in the Holy Land
18. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Iñigo eventually made it to the Holy Land, at that time under the Muslim Ottomans. The Franciscans were in charge of the Christian holy sites, as they are today. Iñigo was greatly moved going around the places associated with the life of Jesus. He tried to remember every little detail – such as which direction Jesus’ foot was pointing in at the mount of the Ascension. He asked to stay in the Holy Land, but the Franciscans sent him away. They didn’t want this unpredictable aristocratic beggar risking the delicate balance between Christians and Muslims in Palestine.
A thought to ponder
One of the central concepts of the spirituality of St. Ignatius is of “Finding God in all things”.
In other words, there is nothing that has been created that doesn’t have a purpose and a right to exist. We often judge things by their usefulness to us; but consider for a moment that everything created by God has a good purpose. Consider too those elements of creation that you find difficult to find good in; what positive purpose could they have?
Scripture for the Day
1 Timothy 4:1-6 NRSVACE
As a way of praying today’s Scripture we suggest, Lectio Divina
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.
If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed.
Music for Today
Look at the World by John Rutter
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The holy city of Jerusalem, dominated by the Dome of the Rock, which had been built hundreds of years before the time of Ignatius