Day 3, Jan 9

09 JAN ~ Monday ~  Capernaum, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Tabgha ~ We started the day with mass at Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry for over a year and a half (Matthew 4, 8, 9,) where we saw the site of Peter’s house and the remains of an early synagogue on the site of the 1st century synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-34.) Next we traveled north through the Hula Valley which divides the Galilee from the Golan Heights to Tel Dan which was once a thriving Canaanite town when Joshua arrived over 3000 years ago. It was the most northern city and was often referred to in the expression “from Dan to Beersheba” to declare the expanse of the Promised Land (Joshua 20:1; 1 Samuel 3:20; 11 Samuel 3:10; 17:11; 24:2.) At nearby Caesarea Philippi, Jeff taught on St. Peter's office of the prime minister of God's Kingdom (Matthew 16:17-19.) as we stood beside a tributary that is the beginning of the Jordan River. Our last stop of the day was at Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, the church which houses the mosaic image of the loaves and fish from the 4th Century. We returned to our kibbutz for dinner followed by a bonfire near the shore where priest heard confessions while others sang and recited the rosary.