He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” -John 21:6
Sitting at the edge of the water of the Sea of Galilee, the church of St.Peter’s Primacy is a perfect place to sit and reflect. It is one of my favorite places in the world, the atmosphere and beauty of this place leaves a mark on your soul.
The first time I came here was almost 3 years ago during our first trip to Israel. We did a day trip from Jerusalem all the way up to the Galilee region and then returned back to Jerusalem the same day. This time, we got to stay in Galilee for three days and enjoy the peace and serenity of this beautiful area.
The church itself is built on the edge of the water in the location where Jesus is said to have appeared to the apostles after having risen and ate with them along the beach. John tells us that the apostles were out in the Sea of Galilee fishing but they could not catch any fish. A voice then from the shore yelled to them asking if they had caught anything and they said no.
The man on the shore then tells them to throw their nets on the right side of the boat, but they are confused saying that right or left they cannot catch any fish. They throw the nets in anyways and then bring up a huge catch. They then look again at the man standing on the shore and realize that it is Jesus. Peter, overwhelmed by joy, jumps out of the boat and into the water and swims to the shore to meet him. Afterwards they all have a meal together on the shore – this was the third time that Jesus appeared to the apostles after rising from the dead.
Sitting at the heart of the church is the stone itself where Jesus is said to have stood and outside is the beach where he meets Peter. Looking out at the waters of Galilee is so peaceful and I could sit there all day. It is so amazing to imagine that you are sitting in the same exact spot where Jesus or the apostles stood. I always try to look back and imagine what that place would have been like, how they would have dressed, and the languages they spoke.
The Galilee region is a beautiful place to enjoy nature, experience incredible and historical sights, and reflect along the shore of the water.
Have your ever been to Galilee? What was your experience like?