It was a day full of adventure starting with Mass at Notre Dame, then a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Jerusalem of Jesus’s time and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

We descended over 4,000 feet into the Judean Wilderness to the authentic site of Jesus’ baptism – one of my all time favorite sites in Israel. Here we prayed our last Mystery of the Rosary and renewed our baptismal vows while some jumped into the river!

Great lunch in Jericho. We also saw a huge sycamore tree like the one climbed by Zaccheus in Luke 19:1-6. We also saw the mountain where Jesus was tempted by the Devil. 

Qumran and the Essenes was next as we looked out over the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Swimming – er, rather, floating in the Dead Sea is always a favorite. Then riding the camels – you have to see it to believe it!

Then the pilgrimage came to an end. We always keep the rooms the last day so everyone can come back to shower, relax, eat dinner and prepare to head home.

Many people wanted to share their thoughts. I captured many of them on video. See the video below.

So, what did everyone have to say as they were boarding the bus to return home?

Comments and Farewells, very fun to listen too.