Day 4 also happens to be the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. What an amazing day to talk about one of my absolute top buck list trips… to visit the Holy Land! So much of who I am today was not only formed through my upbringing in the Catholic Church, but also my 17 years of working in Youth Ministry in the Catholic Church.
So the Holy Land seems to have an obvious answer as to why I would want to visit there, after all so much of who I am as a Christian took place in those sacred lands. But to be honest I think one of the main reasons I want to go, why I want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, is often while meditating on the Passion I wonder whose side I would have been on. Would I truly have had faith in who Jesus was, or would I follow the crowd and cry for him to be crucified? Would I have had the courage of St. John the Baptist to prepare the way for the one who was to come after him? The one whom he acknowledged ” I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.” (Acts 13:25)?
There is no better way to journey through the Holy Land then with a community of believers, after all remember Jesus did! This is truly a great pilgrimage opportunity for your faith community, regardless of faith tradition. Whether your journey takes you in the vicinity of Jerusalem, or covers from Captivity to the Cross, it will transform you and lead you into a more intimate relationship with Jesus!
Pilgrimages can start as low as $2,995/person for 9days/7nights, based on about 30 people attending. There are great opportunities for authentic encounters not only with the holy sites, but with the amazing people and the culture that call these lands home! At Pathfinders, that is truly what we believe in, “a unique spiritual experience with meaningful worship, expert lectures, people-to-people contact and opportunities to serve the communities we visit.”. Talk with your Pastor, Priest, Bible study leader, or even a group of your friends today about making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land!