Jerusalem

#6 Lent Pilgrimage, Pilgrim Eyes

Bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey. ~Deuteronomy 26:15

On Mount Scopus we are swarmed by unkempt boys selling panoramic posters. In the distance, Jerusalem’s walls and buildings are a dirty-dog beige. This is the view that’s printed on the posters. Members of our group haggle with the boys, while I squint at the view. My sunglasses aren’t strong enough. Meanwhile, another member reads aloud from the Hebrew Bible, familiar verses about this land of milk and honey. I raise my eyes again to try to see what is actually in front of me. Is this beige the color of a dirty dog, or is it the color of milk and honey? A pilgrim learns to question her eyes.

What eyes are you using today?

Prayer: O Lord, give me new eyes.

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