Mary travels through a damaged land

As she moved through the Palestinian countryside, Mary would have seen a land reeling under the impact of a growing population and over-grazing by flocks of sheep and goat. She would have also witnessed the first century version of 'agribusiness' – wealthy people buying up large tracts of land, to grow cash crops (wine, olives, grain), and so forcing the peasants into poverty. - Br Moy Hitchen CFC