Reflection on pilgrimage 07-16.06.2010Teresa
This trip has opened my five senses: eyes, ears, taste, smell, touch, so that I can experience Jesus’s life journey. I now have a whole new experience to meditate the bible as well as have a better historical background to understand the bible passages better. Also after knowing the different religious background, it has further inspired me why many conflicts exist in the Holy Land. Although I do not fully understand, at least this trip provides me with some basis such that I can gather further information as time goes by.
At the beginning of the journey, my expectation is to ask Jesus what is the gift from God that I can offer back to Him? During the first few days of the pilgrimage, I had asked Jesus to let me have a pure heart, like the heart of a child as what was mentioned in the Beatitudes: those who have a pure heart will see God in Heaven. After that “prayer to Jesus”, later in this pilgrimage journey, I began to understand at the times of Jesus, Pharisees are “fake good hearted persons”. This can be seen in their lifestyle versus their so-called devotion to God as there seems to be big contradiction, which I prayed that I will have a pure heart and not the heart of the Pharisees.
The one influential saint which affected me most is St Jerome whom he has spent some 30 years of his life for Jesus (by means of translating the bible), I felt that Jerome must have a big commitment for the intention to serve God. At this point of the journey, I reflected here on my earlier question on myself on what I can offer to Jesus? And what is the gift from Jesus that I can offer back to Him?
Although I did not have a direct answer from Jesus, I will keep reminding myself of my intention to God by the lesson learnt from the Pharisees in the old times (as well as every time I read those related bible passages), that whatever I would like to offer God is for the good will of God, with a “Real” commitment like St Jerome.