The lectionary reading today was from the Gospel of Matt. 22, in which Jesus is asked about the coin and what to do with the issue of power: Caesar vs. God.
What was wonderful was that on the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Israel, I came to appreciate anew the work of the Pharisees. They believed in the power of the people. They believed in a bottom-up work of community of faith. They enjoyed the give and take with Jesus.
Pilgrimage matters in knowing more about the land, culture, and history of our faith.
Salaam and shalom,