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Jerusalem: A Destination and a Point of Departure

Updated: May 3, 2023

By Silvia Holgado (Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi)

May 1st, 2023 - Easter Newsletter I Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

These days there seem to be plenty of reasons to escape Jerusalem. All you have to do is turn on the news or read the paper to see the hardships that are unfolding. Things haven’t changed much over the last two thousand years because the Lord’s disciples found themselves in the same situation.

What they had seen was contrary to what they had expected. Their encounter with Jesus had awakened their hopes, but it was a challenge to see how these could be fulfilled.

The world fills our minds with expectations: we want to be entertained, comfortable, prestigious, independent. Meeting Jesus changes expectations into hopes, allowing Him to show us about His path now that He is walking in our midst.

View of Jerusalem from Notre Dame Center rooftop

Hope goes beyond bewilderment, beyond the unexpected, beyond suffering, and leads to the Resurrection. And hope, which only the Lord can give us, makes our hearts burn. Hope calls us to leave from Jerusalem and from there to take our experience to all the corners of the world while announcing the Good News: The Lord has truly risen!

Jerusalem remains, for everyone who wants to listen to God, the city of hope.

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