Jan 9 -- Capernaum

After breakfast, we boarded two boats to cross the Sea of Galilee, hearing a teaching by Jeff on our way to Capernaum.  In Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry for over a year and a half (Matthew 4, 8, 9) we saw the site of Peter’s house and the remains of an early synagogue on the site where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-34.)  Mass was celebrated in the modern Franciscan church which stands over St. Peter’s house. Next we traveled north passed Hazor (Joshua 11:10-13; 19:36; 1Kings 9:15,) one of Solomon’s chariot towns and on to Caesarea Philippi where Peter first identified Jesus as the Messiah and Jesus announced Peter's role in the church (Matthew 16:17-19.) We ended the day with a time for meditation on the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12) in the hills above Capernaum.