Day 11. Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Quarter, Ben Gurion Airport

Along the Way of Sorrows, where Jesus may have walked to his crucifixion, some of us sing softly with Sandy Patty, “Down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day, the soldiers tried to clear the narrow street.”

Some stop to pray or meditate at the 14 stations of the cross. We find the final stations inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that Emperor Constantine built over the paces his mother believed Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.

In the Jewish Quarter we are drawn to luxurious homes from the time Herod’s step daughter demanded, “the head of John the Baptist on a platter!”

At 6:30 pm, we step onto our bus to Ben Gurion Airport. At the back of the bus, a group discusses what Jesus meant by, “If you will, John the Baptist is Elijah.” Does this mean King Herod beheaded the re-incarnate Elijah? At the airport we board our return flight.

As we approach the Rock of Gibraltar, we stand in the aisle with nearby passengers and sing, “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Lift up your gates and sing!” Then we sleep and let our the airplane carry us toward home.

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