|Tel Aviv PE Members, Filcom, Philbatt-UNDOF Revisit Footsteps of Jesus Christ|
28-30 March 2013, Nazareth to Galilee, Israel – Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge led some Embassy staff members, members of the Filipino Community in Israel and UNDOF Filipino peacekeeping soldiers stationed in the Golan Heights in a test of physical stamina by undertaking a three-day hike on the Jesus Trail during the Holy Week, incidentally coinciding with the Jewish commemoration of Pessach or Passover.
"Revisiting the Jesus Trail is not only a test of physical endurance and stamina but also a demonstration of Christian faith and penance, a religious trait that is deeply embedded in Philippine way of life. This is a once in a lifetime experience for those who are living and working in the Holy Land and what makes it more interesting is that the group has undertaken this activity during the Holiest days of the Christian calendar, i.e., the Holy Week, when our Messiah redeemed the world through His selflessness and sacrifice," the Ambassador said.
"We thank all the men and women who made this activity successful, especially those who volunteered to guide us in our journey and those who accommodated us during our rest," the Ambassador added.
The biblical reference to the Trail stems from the Gospel of Matthew describing the start of Christ's public evangelization. The commencement of his preaching was from His home town of Nazareth down to Kefar Nahum (Capernaum) which was a lakeside fishing village, located in the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus gathered his first disciples. This account can also be found in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.
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