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16th Sunday Ordinary Time 18th July 2021

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

I’ve never been to the Holy Land.  My travels have taken me to nearly every country around it: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan.  But I’ve never been to the Holy Land.

There’s one spot I’d love to visit when, some day, I get the chance: the Lake of Gennesaret.  A lot of the great Gospel events seem to have taken place there:

  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Drowning of the swine at Gadara
  • Multiplication of the loaves and the fishes
  • And two towns that Jesus curses Bethsaida and Chorazin (Mt 11)

But I imagine it’s going to be a really beautiful lake.  The kind of place where you’d want to take a boat out and find a quiet landing place for a summer’s picnic.  My imagination may be running away with me; but the picture we have in the Gospel today looks like an idyllic spot.

“‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; …  So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves.”

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