When our group of SHCC members and friends traveled to Israel earlier this month we were exposed to a wide variety of memorable experiences. One of my favorites included the chance to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. At the end of the ride, we had the opportunity to see an ancient Galilean boat popularly known as The Jesus Boat. It was discovered in the mud alongside the sea in an unusually well-preserved condition and is now on permanent display. This ancient, wooden boat is roughly 20-feet long, 7-feet wide, and is believed to have been built around 2,000 years ago. It is reminiscent of the boats that would have been used by Jesus and his disciples. As I looked at it, I started thinking about how symbolically the boat represents the Church over the centuries. On the surface, it can appear at times like a fragile vessel that is no longer sea worthy. But, as we know, the Church has endured for over 2,000 years and continues to grow and thrive today. For more information on the Jesus Boat, visit www.jesusboatmuseum.com.
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