LuzDelMes Experience in Israel
Spanish translation 👉http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2022/05/reflexion-sobre-mi-visita-israel.html?m=1
A month ago, I began an amazing pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The experience unfolded biblical stories in front of me, making the Gospel alive, and the people I have met, made it unforgettable.
I have to admit that the country that I traveled had been on my bucket list since I worked in the tourism industry in the 90s., but I was never allowed to travel because of the endless conflicts in the Middle East. Ironically, the world is still in conflict, but in spite of everything, life goes on and the trip was a reality.
|The Fifth Gospel Experience|
Thanks to the flexibility of my work as a substitute teacher and writer, plus the support of my husband, I was able to make this journey as a "Scholar." Yes, I am studying theology for educators at the Catholic Distance University (CDU) where I am about to finish my master's degree. This trip is part of my elective class and it is a great honor to travel, not as a tourist, but as a pilgrim.
I was so excited to have met in person, the well known theology professors Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio (Aka, Dr. Italy) and two of my online classmates with whom I have exchanged knowledge for the past two years and now we are exploring the "Fifth Gospel" along with other pilgrims.
During the first days, I was able to eat the Middle Eastern Street Food, such as Falafel and Shawarma. We visit the Shepherd’s Field and ate the traditional Upside-down food. In Nazareth, we tried food from the times of Jesus: lentil soup, pita bread, sour yogurt and the delicious Hammus. I learned that this dish contains a biblical reference from the story with Ruth and Boaz when they met in Bethlehem. 'Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar” (Ruth 2-14)
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Maritza Martinez Mejia
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of Advisors,
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador,
ANLMI & Gremio Poético Colombiano
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016