The location of Jesus’s baptism

Happy Feast Day of the Baptism of Our Lord! Since we will be at the actual site of Jesus’ baptism in two weeks with a bus full of pilgrims, I thought I would share this post again.

This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three popes commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord.

Here are some articles about UNESCO’s decision and about the site:

  1. http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27394
  2. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1446
  3. www.BaptismSite.com

My audio of interview with Ave Maria Radio: https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-february-9-2016-hour-2/

The Bible says in John 1:28, “This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” The authentic site is just above the northern tip of the Dead Sea, east of Jericho. The actual site is not on the Israel side of the Jordan, but on the Jordan side of the river.

IMG_8294Here is a picture of me standing in the exact spot that archaeology, the Bible and early Christians and pilgrims located the spot. The early Christians knew and built churches there to commemorate the site.

If you would like to join us in Jordan, contact Elizabeth at 800-727-1999, 150. We will be visiting Jordan once every year on one of our trips to Israel. Register for these small groups or get your name on the list now since all of our trips have been selling out.

This 2-minute video link below takes a few seconds to load, but wait… it is nice and you will see where we are today. With Elijah and Jesus on the banks of the Jordan River in Jordan. Produced by the Jordanian Tourist Bureau.

http://www.wibbitz.com/watch/?id=ba7d5455e46104e4b89937b87cd7d3d4f

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Steve Ray on the Seven Sacraments

by Steve Ray on January 12, 2019

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Steve Ray was raised in a devout and loving Baptist family. Always a zealous instructor of Sacred Scripture, he nearly fell off his chair when a close friend, an Evangelical pastor, converted to Catholicism. After years of prayer and study, Steve and his wife Janet entered the Catholic Church in 1994. He is the author of The Birth of the Catholic Church, The Pain of the Crucifixion, available now on SaintJoe.com!

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The next four pilgrimages to the Holy Land with Steve Ray are already sold out! Only 2 seats remain open for our February trip. March, May, June (France), September are all sold out! Hope you can jump in and get those last two seats.

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Bible Study: Playground or Minefield?

January 10, 2019

Imagine children running and tussling unsupervised in a playground. Now imagine the playground surrounded by deadly dangers: a sharp cliff dropping down a thousand feet to one side, a field of land mines, poisonous snakes in the sand, and a bog of quicksand on the other sides. With anguish you watch the children decimated as […]

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Explaining to Family Why He Left the Denominations for the Catholic Church

January 9, 2019

This new convert sent me a nice e-mail thanking me. I asked if I could share it on my blog. He agreed but asked to remain anonymous and I agreed. He said, “I converted because I lost all the discussions I had with a Catholic workmate – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. One problem […]

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Who Chose the Books of the Bible? Are the Books “Self-authenticating”?

January 8, 2019

Are the Books of the New Testament “Self-Authenticating” or was the Catholic Church Necessary to Define the Canon of Scripture? By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: I was very happy to receive your twenty-five-page letter which claimed that sola Scriptura (Bible alone) and sola fide (faith alone) were the faith and teaching of the Apostles. […]

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Sherlock Holmes an Idolater – Praying to People?

January 7, 2019

Last night my wife and I were watching an episode of Sherlock Holmes on TV. He has always been one of my favorite characters and I can remember reading all the stories to our kids as they grew up. On TV I think Jeremy Brett does the best portrayal and it is always a delightful […]

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Pilgrims’ Fun, Comments & Farewells

January 6, 2019

Enjoy!

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Last Day: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran & Camel Riding

January 6, 2019

Lots of fun and laughs. Enjoy!
Closing homily at Notre Dame here.

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Epiphany? So What?

January 6, 2019

 What is Epiphany anyway? And why should I care? The Feast of the Epiphany – the Magi, the Baptism of Jesus and the Miracle of Cana all combined – is really quite fascinating. It was actually a celebration in the Church long before Christmas was celebrated and eventually overshadowed Epiphany. John Paul II gave 52 […]

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Mass with 2 Protestants and 1 Crucifix

January 5, 2019

A while ago we went to Mass with two Protestants.  As we walked in the door — there it was, as big as life — a CRUCIFIX with the Body of Our Lord hanging over the altar. I knew what the Protestants were thinking — I used to think the same — “CATHOLICS ARE WRONG, JESUS IS […]

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Way of the Cross to Mass on Calvary, Tomb, Western Wall and more

January 5, 2019

In some ways today is the pinnacle of the whole pilgrimage, which is why we start up in Galilee and end up in Jerusalem for the Passion of Christ. Up early in the morning each carrying their own cross as we pray the Stations of the Cross we all arrive at the Church of the […]

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Day 6 Gethsemane, Mt of Olives, Mt Zion, Upper Room and more

January 4, 2019

Today was a great day preparing for the Passion of Christ tomorrow. Mass at Gethsemane (moving homily here soon), the Paternoster Church on Mount of Olives, lunch at a kibbutz, my 30 minute talk overlooking Jerusalem about the story of salvation history. Then we went to the Mount Zion to visit the place Mary fell […]

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A Canon Law Primer on Church Teaching Regarding “Same-sex Marriage”

January 4, 2019

A primer on Church teaching regarding ‘same-sex marriage’ by Dr. Edward Peters STEVE RAY’S INTRODUCTORY COMMENT: This article was written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters around the time the US Supreme Court foolishingly and arrogantly decided that homosexuals could marry and it was a valid and legal marriage. Now that we have lived with this egregious […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

January 3, 2019

We went through the checkpoint from Israel into the Palestinian West Bank and entered Bethlehem at 8 AM in the morning. We learned about olive wood carvings and icons and had time to shop before Mass in a cave at Shepherds Field where the angels appeared on the first Christmas Eve. Homily here. Lunch of […]

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Interesting Facts About Israel which Will Amaze You

January 3, 2019

We are in Israel today and thought you might like to see this impressive list. I found this list several years ago but it still applies today. Geography: 1. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East. 2. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. 3. The Sea […]

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