Friday, November 20, 2015

Jesus came out of the Tomb for us this morning…

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2015

The alarm went off this morning at 3:15 and we began the Via Dolorosa at 4:00 AM. Why, are we crazy! Yes, crazy like a fox. We beat the crowds and pray the Stations with empty streets. It is also about continuity.

We had Mass IN THE TOMB scheduled with the sunrise at 5:30 AM and wanted to carry our crosses through the Via Dolorosa to Calvary first. We had time to touch the top of Calvary with NO ONE else in the Church which is usually packed like a sardine can. We took a quick tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before entering the Tomb for Mass at 5:30 AM.

The rest of the day was great with a free afternoon and evening. We also visited the top of the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall and I gave my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today” looking out over Jerusalem. Enjoy!

Oh, and what did I mean that Jesus came out of the Tomb for us this morning? I told our pilgrims, “Just watch. Today at Mass in the Tomb Jesus will again come out of the Tomb for you in the form of the Blessed Sacrament. His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity will come out of the Tomb for you today.”

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Butt-prints in the Sand

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2015

One night I had a wondrous dream
one set of footprints there was seen.
The footprints of my precious Lord,
but mine were not upon the shore.

And then some stranger prints appeared
and I asked the Lord: “What have we here?”
The prints are large and round and neat
but Lord they are too big for feet.

My child he said in somber tone
for miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk by FAITH
but you refused and made me wait.

I got tired, I got fed up!
And there I dropped you on your butt!

Because in life there comes a time
When one must fight, and one must climb
When one must rise and one must stand…
or leave their butt prints in the sand! 

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