Experience the Spirit of the Risen Lord: the Galilee
On Easter morning (Gospel of the Easter Vigil), Jesus told the women who came to the tomb: « Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”(Mt 28, 10)
Before sending his disciples around the world, the risen Lord sends them back to Galilee, why? But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (Jn 14, 26).
It’s always touching when you go on a pilgrimage on the path of Jesus to see how the Spirit moves you! We have believed in the scriptures for a long time, we seek it in our life … But in Galilee, in those places that have not changed for two thousand years; these places that sometimes are too crowded or noisy for our liking … the spirit is there and now we can no longer hear or read the Scriptures in the same way. A « connection » is made there for many people. That is certainly what the Apostles experienced themselves, before returning to Jerusalem and beginning to spread the good news. Christians have treasured the memory of those places where Jesus walked and dwelt.
Looking through history we see how they have been preserved to serve as kerygmatic and catechetical places.
I have said nothing of the Holy Spirit … In fact, I can only testify to his presence there … to have encountered the Holy Spirit myself. I know I no longer listen to the gospel in the same way and that I no longer pray to Rosary in the same way.
Jesus is alive today, and when we take that time only for him when we get out of ourselves to meet him, to listen to his word, and then yes the spirit is not only a theological speech itself …but the one that comes from the Trinity to teach us to know more about Jesus and his Father.
Christian Bourgault, priest in the diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and spiritual leader of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
Father Christian Bourgault accompanies a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Spiritours in October 2011 For information: 514-374-7965, 1-866-331-7965, www.spiritours.com