For many people, the first time they see the Galilee is a very special moment. It is a place vivid in our imaginations through hearing countless stories from the Bible. To see it in reality, never disappoints. There is nowhere better from which to see its beauty than from the Mount of Beatitudes which is view in the picture below.

In Lent, Christians think about the way in which we should seek to live our lives as faithful disciples. Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount provides a powerful framework for living in harmony with Jesus’s way of justice and peace. It is not an easy way; in difficult times we are challenged to be the ones who walk with the suffering and stand with the grieving and much more. In these strange days, thinking about what we can do for others is a path to peace whilst simply yearning what we do not have ourselves can only lead to discontentment.

Contemplating the beauty of the Sea of Galilee, with the Golan Heights on the far side we might be able to imagine Jesus Christ close to us and leading us into a deeper understanding of how we can serve him.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’. Matthew 5:6