Letter from Fr. Juan (XLIV)

Dear Magdala Family, Summer is passing us by… we hope you have enjoyed some rest and family life despite the difficulties of the present moment. In the Holy Land we are preparing for you our third virtual pilgrimage which is fast approaching. This edition which we have titled, “Traveling through the Holy Land with Mary…

Mary Clare. New Magdala volunteer

My name is Mary Clare, and I’m the new Magdala volunteer! I first visited Magdala in 2017 with a group from my university. I remember being awestruck, thinking, “My Lord Jesus likely stood here?” I’ve always connected deeply with Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, where Jesus used familiar subjects of nature and basic livelihood for…

The Deep. By Kathleen Nichols

The warm rose-colored sunrise over the silent Sea of Galilee captivates anyone spirited enough to venture out over the waters before dawn. Last week just before sunrise, I paddled toward the center of the lake from the Duc In Altum shoreline. At this distance, the only sound was water lightly lapping the edge of my…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XLIII)

Dearest Magdala Family, We are in the final stretch of preparation for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene celebrated on the 22nd of this month. A few years ago, Pope Francis elevated this liturgical memory to the rank of “feast.” With this, the Pope wanted to underline the importance of Mary Magdalene in the life…

Mary of Magdala or Mary of Bethany?

The Gospels say that Mary Magdalene was delivered by Jesus from seven demons, that she followed him and helped him with her resources (see Lk 8:1-2), that she was at the foot of the cross (see Jn 19:25), and that she was the first to see the risen Lord (see Jn 20:11-17). Nothing else. In…

Wheat. By Kathleen Nichols

In May, Galilee looks like a giant quilt of vibrant green and golden yellow squares with fields ready for the early summer wheat harvest. Hiking these hills in April, I picked off heads of waist-high young wheat nibbling on the kernels inside, imitating the apostles who Mathew describes picking heads of grain and eating them…

Magdala through history: Nikai, Magdala’s scribe

Ancient Jewish sources speak of a certain Nikai, who was a scribe at the synagogue of Magdala in the 2nd century AD. According to some, he was an exemplary Jew: every Friday morning he would travel from Magdala to Jerusalem, give a lesson on the scriptures in the Temple, and then return before the sunset…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XLII)

Dearest Magdala Family, We have heard countless times the expression “the end of the tunnel is near”…. Today, in the Holy Land we are living in a contradictory situation. On the one hand, the pandemic has been defeated, thanks to very strict measures of control, distancing and vaccination of the population. I have to admit…