Just went on a pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land during the first week of September. It was a life changing experience. There were many times of when I personally experienced God’s presence in our journey, which was different and unexplainable as we follow the footstep of Jesus through the Bible.
I went to this trip from the invitation of a friend named Maria.
She has been in this pilgrimage many years. I could certainly see her view when she told us this was something different and spiritual. Our Priest, Father George Palamattathil agreed as well.
Often times I asked myself, “am I a tourist or a pilgrim longing to be with Him?… Moments in the Promise land?…. who am I … where am I going….in relations to our God? Now I ponder on many questions. Questions asked and answered from the sincerity of one’s heart to give and share with others. You and I are His hands, His feet…we are His body….the body of Christ! This is a grace you and I have the opportunity to give… for the glory and honor of God….graces in action…. remember we were all called to live in His image and likeness!
There are many things that had happened that until now has amazed me. It is definitely worth sharing it to all of you. Please be with me in reflecting any message the Lord might want to convey to all of us.
1. HEART in the WAVES
THIS picture was taken by a friend Mr. GEORGE REYNOSO, Servant leader of the St. Basil Catholic Charismatic Community of Vallejo, CA.
Forwarded message ———- From: “George Reynoso” <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sep 6, 2017 7:50 AM Subject: Maria by the Mediterranean, what a welcome! To: “Maria Bongco” <email@example.com> Cc: </firstname.lastname@example.org></email@example.com>
Dear pilgrims , Many aspects of our lives change…. In Christ we become…..
2. HEART at the Dialysis center in Israel.
Maria has her own experience with the heart and this is her story…
“I had to go for dialysis. A young male nurse hooked me up to the machine. However, blood was accidentally spilled on my shirt, seeping through my concealed garment. I went home and thought nothing about it. I thought it was part of the design, but low and behold…. the blood turned into the shape of a heart….”
A heart full of love….that He will always be there….. turn around and you will find Him there…..
From the message of Marichu our co pilgrim to Maria.
HEART AT Holy Sepulcher
Maria, I took this picture at the Holy Sepulchre. Look at the light on the top right hand side, it’s heart shaped!
Another picture with a heart taken by Marichu with me on the photo.
Gate of Damascus with a heart shape light on the post.
On 6 Oct 2017 11:36 p.m., “Maria Bongco” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Friends and pilgrims,
This was taken during the event in calvary….where we touched the stone where Jesus was crucified…..
Bader had a red heart on his sleeve….
Dean one of the pilgrims had
A huge spiritual red orb on his head…..
All these are manifestations of God’s love….and glory of a wonderful world….
Mr. Bader Rabadi youtube video on Israel Pilgrimage
If you can notice, there is a red orb on the head of Mr. Dean Aquino in the picture, who is a father of my daughter’s classmate, Jalen.
A letter of Maria to all of us.
I have forwarded most of the miraculous pictures and manifestation…all Our encounter during our Spirit- filled encounter….and our Spiritual walk with God….
Yes…. He is always with us..
” blessed are the eyes that see
and believe…” blessed are the ears that hear his words….
The missing link between the new testament and the old testament…..is Us…..you and I
,,,, go back to our past ….there you will find Him…..
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Mathew Payappilly” <email@example.com>
Date: Oct 6, 2017 8:52 PM
Subject: Re: Miraculous heart and Spiritual orb
To: “Maria Bongco” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks Maria.. God is blessing you for seeing and feeling His loving presence..everywhere.. i lovingly remember your running to Holy sepulchre along with us to make us reach there on time to have a night vigil..like Mary of Magdala..to see Him and to anoint His body..and to be called “Mary”..
Thank you Maria for this wonderful pilgrimage.. if not for you..I couldn’t have been there….
Picture of a our co pilgrim as they enter the Holy Sepulcher.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre[b] (Arabic: كَنِيسَةُ ٱلْقِيَامَة Kaneesatu al-Qeyaamah; Greek: Ναός της Αναστάσεως Naos tes Anastaseos; Armenian: Սուրբ Հարության տաճար Surb Harut’yan tač̣ar; Latin: Ecclesia Sancti Sepulchri;[c] also called the Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis by Orthodox Christians) is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, a few steps away from the Muristan. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Aedicule (Edicule). The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site.
Within the church proper are the last four (or, by some definitions, five) Stations of the Via Dolorosa, representing the final episodes of Jesus’ Passion.
Picture of my wife Carol holding a candle forming like a heart.
During the last Mass that we had, the final song was And will raise you up on the last day. It was to my surprise, I saw this photo frame of Mother Mary and Jesus being carried.