Corinth was second only to Rome in its ancient heyday, and we are promised something much greater than Ephesus, which I recall clearly from a baking hot visit on holiday in Turkey many years ago.
We are to see the Bema - the seat of judgment and authority, elevated above the crowds. The Jews were offended by Paul saying that Jesus Christ was the chosen one, resurrected for us. The leaders and Kings were offended that Christ through Paul's teachings usurped their authority. But Gallio the Proconsul before whom Paul was brought by the angry Jews could see no case to answer and dismissed Paul before he even needed to defend himself. See Acts 18.
The City of
2 Corinthians 4: 7) - we now have this treasure as a light from God in our hearts, but we are like clay jars in all their fragility and all power comes from God alone. The Dean reflects on the fragility of human nature and the difficulties of getting on with each other even today, so visible in international tensions. It is lovely to hear a
|the dog who accompanied us all|
around the site!
We finish with the Grace - "The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore Amen".
So much information is available on line about
Corinth - with a good article on its biblical significance here and its history here - suffice here to
show some photos of our visit.
As we leave some of us have time to rush down to the theatre - where we find the name of Erastus carved in the stone - possibly this being Paul's friend Erastus mentioned in Romans 16: 23 and 2 Timothy 4: 20. This is a rare and important archaeological find.
Tonight we have dinner all together in the Thissio View Restaurant which has the most fantastic views over the Acropolis - for a while many of us try to get the perfect shot from the restaurant balcony of the Acropolis at sunset, while all food is forgotten.
So Saturday arrives and it is time to go home. In the morning we are left to explore
on our own and many of us make immediately for the marvellous new in an attempt to beat the later crowds who will throng through its doors. And this museum should certainly not be missed on any trip to the city. Acropolis Museum
I then have time to further explore the area around the acropolis, and the plaka, or shopping area, and I have to revise my initial impressions. Athens is a remarkable city and I would love to return to see even more of its many treasures.
|the Acropolis at night|
|Corinth Temple of Apollo|
The pilgrimage has had its highs and lows for me. But overall it has been a wonderful experience both spiritually and culturally even if I have not always been as receptive in the moment as perhaps I could have been.
Images that will stay with me:
The warmth and friendliness of the people
The lovely hot dry sunshine and the sparkling blue sea
Plentiful food - at the centre of life!
The beauty of the countryside and the pink and white Oleander everywhere
Religiosity of the people in its sense of "piety", or "the state of being religious".
Crazy drivers and the general disregard for seat belt and other laws - reflected in so many sad roadside shrines.
|The Bema or Rostra at Corinth|
|The fountain courtyard Corinth|