Pilgrimage reflection on the power of the Holy Spirit
The memorial chapel to Peter (Home to Jesus in Capernaum)
As an adult, Jesus lived in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. The Bible suggests that Peter's house became Jesus' home (Matthew 8:14–16). The church built over this impressive site, the site of Peter's home, rose like some kind of spacecraft hovering over the landscape but was conceived as a ship whose hull would appear to hover above the Apostle’s house, an image alluding to the call of the Apostle Peter, who from simple fisherman became a fisher of people and the rock upon which Jesus would build his church.
This church, where I sat with a friend, on a simple wooden bench, would become for me the most significant moment of my pilgrimage. Slowly as we prayed, the building cleared of every other single person until we were the only people there. God's presence was so tangible.
If I had looked, I would have found the remains of simple rough walls below me, through a glass preserving floor. I would have seen small rooms that had once surrounded two open courtyards. The octagonal building I sat in to pray, on this our last full day of pilgrimage, was built directly above the remains of this very house of Christ's and the early church. Beneath me were the ruins of Jesus' home but I was glued to my seat as we prayed and so I didn't look.