Today we visited Masada and the dead sea travelling through the Judean wilderness.
On the top of Masada in Herod’s fortress it is clear to see why mountain tops are a place of encountering God – theophany. Moses and Jesus to name but two encountered God on the top of a mountain – revelation of the divine. Mountain tops are places where we become aware of our own limits places where the line between God and humanity seem thin. But I am always reminded that we have our mountain top experiences to enable us to come down.
And down we came and travelled through the wilderness to the dead sea. It is easy to see how the level of the dead sea is going down – a product of climate change and increased irrigation. The wilderness is a dry place with little vegetation and we live in a world where water is becoming more precious than gold.
With that image of the wilderness we stopped and using a metal sheet set on stones we celebrated Holy Communion. The back drop was water running forth from a natural spring down into a Valley which was lush and green surrounded by wilderness it was a reminder of living water.
Jesus said “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scriptures has said out of the believers heart shall flow rivers of living water. “john 7 37-38