|September 18, 2017 • VOL. 55, NO. 16 • Oakland, CA|
Walk with St. Paul on pilgrim journey in Greece, Turkey
"Always remember this: life is a journey. It is a path, a journey to meet Jesus. At the end, and forever. A journey in which we do not encounter Jesus is not a Christian journey."
We will enter monasteries and churches and walk among the ancient ruins.
Joining you on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey is an answer to a personal prayer of mine for I have traveled many times through the Holy Land; lived in the historical city of Ur of the Chaldeans in Iraq; and journeyed with Saints Peter and Paul in Rome; and now we have the privilege to walk with St. Paul in Greece and Turkey.
As we begin our journey it is good to recall that St. Paul's journey began with an encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus. It was there that Paul realized that the Church is the living body of Christ.
At that, St. Paul constantly uses the phrase "in Christ" to express that the Church is the mystical body of Christ.
On our pilgrim journey through Greece and Turkey; through village and town, church and temples, ruins and modern structures, monasteries and shrines, we journey as that mystical body which St. Paul so boldly proclaimed.
(Father Neal Clemens is pastor at Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord.)
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