Tuesday, May 10, 2022

My Pilgrimage Experience 2022

LuzDelMes Experience in Israel 

Spanish translation 👉http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2022/05/reflexion-sobre-mi-visita-israel.html?m=1

I have to admit that the country that I am traveling to has 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 pilgrimage begins.

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 am so excited to have met in person, the well known theology professors Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio 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. 

I am being able to experience the Middle Eastern  Food, such as Falafel, Shawarma, Upside-down food, the Nazareth experience food 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)

I learned also how to dance the traditional Jewish folk song for celebrations called "Hava Nagila" (Hebrew: הבה נגילה Havah Nagilah) meaning "Let us rejoice. "
There is so much to share and meditate on this cultural and spiritual experience. Our differences may divide us but our similarities rejoice us.

Everything was perfect until I got Covid positive before returning to USA and ended in Quarantine in Israel and facing an ordial. 
Expect more about it! Visit 👉


Maritza Martinez Mejia

Website: www.luzdelmes.com

Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Member: FWA, MCBD Board of Advisors, ANLMI Delegate, 

International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com

Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

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