Holy Land Pilgrimage

The First Impressions

January 20, 2020

Our first day in the Holy Land has been amazing! After some much needed sleep in our comfortable rooms, we had the opportunity to visit the Church of the Nativity and participate in the mass at St. Katherine’s parish. I felt my vocation strengthened in just being here. Just think for a moment… our Lord Jesus Christ chose this place to born and manifest himself to humanity. In today’s Gospel acclamation, we heard why: The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted him, he gave power to become children of God. What mysterious and triumphant news for everyone! He invites all of us to this glorious vocation, to be a child of God. As we have heard in the Gospel according to St. John today, this invitation should stir in our hearts the desire to continue following Jesus and seeking his guidance and direction in our lives.

I would like to ask for your continued prayers. I hope that we can find the strength and the wisdom to trust in God in every situation. Undoubtedly, our pilgrimage will present challenges (right now it is a matter of fighting exhaustion and jet-lag). Please pray that all of us can be his witnesses in happiness and in challenges. Please know that we are praying for you all.

Antonio Camacho

Archdiocese of Chicago

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