A taste of Nazarene life
From Ben Horne's Group (Group 1), Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese
After a much needed sleep in we made our way to Mount Precipice – the sight of Jesus’ escape from the angry mob. Despite the … story the views from the summit were breathtaking affording us a panoramic view of Jezreel valley and the place believed to be the final battle between Good and Evil.
From Mount Precipice we made our way to Nazareth Village, a place built as a first century replica of the town Jesus grew up in. The town gave us an opportunity to look at life as Jesus would have seen it. After only a few hours exposed to the Israeli sun we began to appreciate just how tough it would have been to live in Jesus’ era. Their resourcefulness was evident in the design and structure of their buildings as they were able to build homes and synagogues that were cool in summer and warm in winter – reminding us that we can still learn from the past, despite our advancement in technology.
After the tour of the town we enjoyed a traditional feast – as would have been eaten 2,000 years ago. For some members of our group this brought back memories of traditional home meals and gave us a reminder of the importance of sharing a meal with family.
After the tour an opportunity to celebrate mass and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation was given to us at the Basilica of the Annunciation. It still feels a little surreal to think that we were able to celebrate Mass at the site where Mary willingly accepted God’s will to be the Mother of Jesus. We hope that like Mary, when called upon, we too will say 'yes'.
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