A lady once told to me that she and a group of fellow church members were planning to take a tour of the holy land. She was referring to Jerusalem. I did not say anything.
I could not help but think, however, what makes that patch of land so holy? Is it more special than the ground upon which I am standing now? With all of the turmoil in that region, does it come across as holy? Does the atmosphere there infuse within visitors a sense of being closer to God? Is God’s presence there more than any other place? What runs through the minds of these visitors when they know not too far from them a people – The Palestinians – are in an open-air prison? And, that they are being bombed to bits? That the land occupied by Israel today was once occupied by them? Where is the love and sympathy of these visitors to their holy land towards the down-troddened and oppressed? Holy land? Is there a holy land?
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