On Mount Nebo with Moses

Posted on Sep 13, 2019

We celebrate the feast of Moses, not only the liturgical feast with the divine liturgy, but the feast that is the feast of the people, of the people of God, of both the Christian and Muslim people.” Mgr MAURO LALLI Business Representative Apostolic Nunciature Amman – Jordan

September 09, 2019 – Mount Nebo towers over the Transjordan highlands: a natural balcony from which you can enjoy an unbeatable view of the Holy Land and Jordan. According to tradition, this is where Moses faces the Promised Land after leading the people of Israel through the desert. He admires the Promised Land but cannot enter it because he has been denied by God and dies here.

HE Mgr WILLIAM SHOMALI Latin Patriarchate Vicar for Jordan “We are at Mount Nebo, a fabulous place for many reasons. Here there is the tomb of Moses; from here Moses looked at the Holy Land, but was prevented from entering because his faith and the faith of his people were not strong. It was a punishment. But here is where Moses looked at the Holy Land. It is an extraordinary spectacle because from here you can see not only the dead sea, but also Jericho and a part of the Holy Land, with the eyes of Moses.”

Man of prayer: he spoke to God like a friend. And there are many friends, pilgrims, religious or lay, who joined together on Friday, September 6, around the Franciscans to celebrate their solemnity. A day of celebration but also of gratitude for the Franciscan community that is the custos of this Shrine. The Mose Memorial, after its restoration and inauguration in 2018, houses splendid mosaics dating back more than a thousand years. An opportunity for Christians and Muslims to admire this unique place.

Mgr MAURO LALLI Business Representative Apostolic Nunciature Amman – Jordan “We celebrate the feast of Moses, not only the liturgical feast with the divine liturgy, but the feast that is the feast of the people, of the people of God, of both the Christian and Muslim people. In fact, there is also a strong presence of Muslims who come to venerate the figure of Moses. It is a feast of heaven and earth at the same time. It is a feast that honours the promises of God. We see this loyalty of God also in our times.”

HE Mgr WILLIAM SHOMALI Latin Patriarchate Vicar for Jordan “Today more than ever we need men and women who pray; who pray like the Canaanite woman, the parable of the unjust judge, like the blind of Jericho, men and women of faith who believe in the Lord and who pray for the intentions of the world.”