Pilgrimage And Place : An Old Testament View

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In Gordan McConville’s chapter “Pilgrimage and ‘Place’: an Old Testament View, he reinterprets the meaning of pilgrimage in relation to the Old Testament. His consensus is the Christian theology views the history of holy sites and its geography as a restriction in a journey toward God. “Christians do not make hag to Jerusalem. There is no one holy place; God does not ‘live’ in Jerusalem even in the story of the Old Testament was never final or definitive,” (McConville, 26). Having mass in our hostel room at A Paso de Formiga demonstrated McConville’s perception of ‘an extension of holiness.’ The worshipping of God in a hostel room felt just as gratifying as having mass in a cathedral. This act clarified that the destination or place was a nonfactor in my journey toward God. There was a trusted community in mass that evening, for we all were on experiencing the same pilgrimage and searching for God’s will. Now, I am not afraid to worship God during any time or at any place.
Some of the pilgrims in class have asked me, why are you going on this pilgrimage? What does Santiago mean to you? My immediate response was, “I am on this pilgrimage because I felt like there is a better way to see. There is a better way to hear. My mind and heart has been clogged from traumatizing circumstances. I just want to breathe and smell better.” After I said that, I wondered what my eye doctor would think if she knew I abandoned my bifocal glasses in the hopes that the blinding, beaming sun would

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