You know how they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words?" With that in mind... think of all you are taking in viewing this one picture! Actually, I wish we had more pictures to post today, but due to some unforeseen Internet difficulties at the hotel, this was the only picture that Jeff was able to send. That said, he will try again in the morning to send the remaining photos from Day 8, and I will post them as soon as possible. Rest assured, however, that all the blog post messages from the last two days will go to the pilgrims on the bus tomorrow as they are on their way to the southern steps of the Temple Mount.
Although already worth a thousands words, here are a few more to help you connect with what your loved ones were experiencing on Day 8 in this picture above: The pilgrims are standing in the 'Upper Room', a room which commemorates the spot where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples as well as the place where the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples at Pentecost.
It is here we see Christ's institution of the Eucharist and the entrusting of His mission to his apostles. "Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return; thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1337).
Blessings to all of you and to your loved ones in the Holy Land and as we share in this Upper Room experience, may we each offer a prayer of Thanksgiving for our priests and bishops who continue Christ's mission today and serve the people of God.