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8 Israel: Caesarea Philippi, Beatitudes, Visitation, to Jerusalem

Because there’s a big bike race around the Sea of Galilee today all the major roads are closed which complicated our itinerary. So we switched sites around and today we walked for a half a mile from the hotel to access our bus. Then we drove the hour and a half north to the Lebanese border to visit Banias, which is Caesarea Philippi of biblical times. See Matthew 16:15-20. I gave my talk “Peter, the

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7 Israel: Capernaum, Boat Ride, Sites around the Sea

Started out with Mass at the House of St. Peter (and Jesus) in Capernaum. Always amazing to have Mass at the place where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh, and Drink My Blood“. The readings for the Gospel are always John Chapter 6! I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist“ and gave everyone time to explore the site, pray and to take pictures. From there we went to the Ancient Boat, or the Jesus Boat, and

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6 Israel: Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth

First full day in Israel, we started at the Mount of Transfiguration. Always a favorite, especially the ride up and down in the taxis through the switchbacks. Then to Cana of Galilee, where we renewed our marriage vows, and I gave my talk on John’s Gospel, and the story of the wedding the miracle of water into wine. Them to Nazareth for the Church of the Annunciation for Mass. Glorious dinner looking out over the

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5 Jordan: Baptism of Jesus, Elijah’s Assumption, Arriving in Israel

Today is our final day in the country of Jordan and we arrived in Israel later today. We started the day at the baptismal site of Jesus at the Jordan River, where we celebrated Mass, renewed our baptismal vows, and I gave my talk on Being Born Again. We saw the Hill of Elijah where he was assumed into heaven in a fiery chariot. From there we had lunch on the bus and drove north

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4 Jordan: Amazing Petra!

We woke up to the sun shining on the mountains outside our breakfast window at the Marriott Hotel in Petra Jordan. Right before our eyes was the tomb of Aaron, the high priest, the brother of Moses, on the top of Mount Hor (Num 20:22-28). Then we took our tour of Petra which has to be seen to be believed. Pictures and videos do NOT do it justice. We had a wonderful time walking through

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3 Jordan Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Machaerus & Petra

Everyone knows what a Bucket List is. Well, today a lot of folks checked off a big item on their Bucket List, which was visiting Petra. Actually, we just arrived late this evening, but tomorrow morning is the walk back into the exotic and unbelievably beautiful city of Petra built out of rock. But before we arrived there, we drove to Mount Nebo where Moses looked out over the land after his people Israel had

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