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Mount Tabor: Jesus Transfigured...

Between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee sits Mount Tabor, the most likely site where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The story, which includes appearances by Moses and Elijah, is told in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36.

In the third century, Origen identified this mountain as the site of Jesus’ transfiguration. Three basilicas were constructed during the Byzantine era and another one during Crusader times. In 570, a pilgrim from Piacenza, Italy, wrote about visiting the shrine at Mt. Tabor.

Benedictine monks once had an abbey there, and there was briefly a diocese headquartered there. In 1220, St. Francis visited the city of Acre to the west; he might have visited Mt. Tabor. A Christian church was destroyed in 1263 and replaced by a Saracen fortress. The Friars Minor arrived in 1631 and built the present church in 1924 over the previous structures. It is a popular place for retreat groups.

May we continue to listen to Jesus!

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s “Dear Reader” column in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

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Illustration: Emile Rouargue, engraver (circa 1795 – 1865) Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."