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Mar 26, 2020

Jesus, like all Jewish men, was obliged to travel to Jerusalem at least three times a year, and probably often went more often.  The most popular route led through Perea, on the east bank of the Jordan river, across to Jericho, and then 18 miles uphill through the Judean Desert.


Mar 23, 2020

The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference between resurrection and resuscitation, and the deeper meaning of Jesus' miracles or "signs" as they are called in the John's gospel.


Mar 18, 2020

In this 5 minute listen, Dr. Italy describes the wilderness,  the Mount of Temptation on which tradition says Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the town of Jericho, an oasis in the desert.


Mar 17, 2020

The gospel story of the healing of the man born blind is notable for the method Jesus used to work this miracle - he made mud with spittle and clay and rubbed it on the man's eyes. This is a figure of the sacraments in which the Lion of Judah communicates his healing power through earthy realities like water, oil, wine...


Mar 11, 2020

In this brief segment which aired on national Catholic radio, Marcellino D'Ambrosio shares his impressions of one of the most dramatic peaks in the Holy Land, Mount Tabor.

This mountain is directly across the valley from Nazareth, so would have been a landmark Jesus grew up seeing on the horizon.  Anyone traveling from...