What is my Galilee?

In his Easter homily in 2014, Pope Francis spoke about what he calls each person’s ‘personal Galilee’.  Galilee is the area in the Holy Land, Israel, where Jesus spent his adult life.  In the little towns and villages and in the countryside around the Sea of Galilee he taught and healed and brought God’s forgiveness and love to people.  There, as he wandered from place to place he gave hope to the people he encountered.  He restored them to fullness of life when they were marginalised, rejected and cut off from life in any way.  He did this in a very personal and indeed intimate way  –  a touch, a look, a word, forgiveness.  It is also where he called people to follow him.  Often that call came at an inconvenient moment.  We have stories of those who said, ‘Wait, I have something to do first’.  Some, on the other hand, leaped up straight away and left everything and followed him into the unknown.  But to whoever that call came, it was an offer of life, hope, joy.  Whoever received that touch, that word, that forgiveness, knew what it was to have life to the full.  And from that moment on everything was different.

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Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator