"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
It’s a blessing to go to Israel and walk where Jesus walked. It might be your dream to go to the Holy Land. To see it, to feel it, and to be a part of it. We want to help you experience your dream. We want you to experience it as a pilgrim not a tourist!
There will be distractions and challenges. There will be crowds, buses of tourists, vendors and large groups. The normal everyday life will be all around you. So how?
How do you feel like your on a pilgrimage amidst the noise and crowds?
How do you take in the Holy sites in a peaceful and quiet way?
How do you not be stressed out?
You want to "Walk where Jesus walked" - with Jesus!
We want the same for you. We want you to walk with Jesus, to experience the risen Christ in our midst. We don't want you to feel like tourists or to hurry or to feel overloaded in anyway. We want you to just be, be present with Our Lord and to be present on your journey.
Let us make your dream come true. Join us on our beautiful pilgrimage. You will be walking along the countryside from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee, you will be actually walking where Jesus walked. Walking where Jesus did most of His ministry work. You will be sitting under the tree or along the water. You will have quiet time. You will have time to sit with Jesus.
We will come together as a group and have Scripture meditations and prayers to engage our hearts with the Lord. Each morning we will start with prayer.
We will set aside time at the holy sites and through out the pilgrimage to find that quiet spot to pray and reflect. We will share our hearts with one another. Our pilgrimage family will come together and you will make lifetime friends.
Please pray about joining us. We choose to go to the Holy Land and to walk this journey during Lent. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
Walk the Jesus Trail this Lent, let this journey bring you closer to Christ and leave you changed by this beautiful encounter with him!
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm
all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!
As I sang this song in the grotto where Our Lord Savior Jesus Christ was born, the words came to life. I had just waited in line to visit the birth place of Jesus. As I waited in line, I started down the stairs and into the grotto; you could feel the presence of Our Lord. A chill started to fill the air. Was it the coolness of the grotto or was it the Holy Spirit which was all around us. I imagine it was a little of both. I waited in anticipation, just as we wait during advent. I took the stairs, one by one. As I waited, I could see everyone in deep prayer. Wondering, what will I do as I touch the birthplace of Our Lord? What will I say to him? I couldn’t wait to get there. As I arrived to the birthplace, we were each given time to kneel down and touch the star which was the spot of Jesus’ birth. I knelt, I reached out and I cried. I cried and kept saying thank you, thank you, thank you. All the thoughts and ideas that I thought of as we came down the stairs were gone and all I could do is say Thank you. As I stepped back into the grotto, our group gathered and we sang Silent Night. I couldn’t even get the first line out, I broke down and cried tears of Joy.
These are the tears of joy we should feel each and every day. The tears of Joy Our Lady of Medjugorje promises us, “if you knew how much I loved you, you’d cry for joy.” These tears of joy our gifts from Our Lord, if we knew how much He loved us we would cry tears of joy. We were given such a big gift on Christmas day, we were given Jesus. Jesus who loves us, who guides us and who forgives us; Jesus who comes to us every time we go to Mass in the Eucharist; let us give back to Jesus. Let us say Thank you.
This Christmas and throughout the year, let us say Thank you. Let us say thank you by giving to the Lord.
What better way to say thank you, than to give gifts to others. Let us share His love with others. So give your love! Give of yourself! Share the love and sweetness of Jesus through the light of your eyes. Give that loving look, give those kind words and give that good deed. Be like Jesus to others, give that Love.
What better way to live Christmas each and every day. Live in His love, share in His love and feel the peace and joy in His love.
Challenge: Be like Jesus to others
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
By: Fr. Thomas Rosica
Standing in the middle of the present day city of Nazareth is the mammoth Basilica of the Annunciation, built around what is believed to be the dwelling of Mary. In a grotto-like room at the heart of the basilica is a small inscription on an altar. It reads, "verbum caro hic factum est," here the Word became flesh. There, it is believed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and her response changed the world forever.
Imagine yourself in Mary's place, asked to say "yes" to a divine plan so vast, so profound and so seemingly impossible that you cannot comprehend it. "How can this be?" she asks, bewildered. She is rooted in the faith of her ancestors, and yet now an angel has appeared in the midst of everyday life, extending a startling invitation. "You have found favor with God," the angel says, "and you will conceive and bear His Son." Will she accept?
It is Mary above all others who can teach us what it means to live by faith, and how to respond when God's providence disrupts the daily course of our lives, overturning its rhythms and expectations. Despite her fears and uncertainty over how this promise could be fulfilled, she still answered "Yes." Are we able to respond to God this way?
When we reflect on the Annunciation to Mary, and her acceptance of the angel's message, we also reflect on our own vocation -- our own calling from God. In the Lord's Prayer, we pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" -- an echo of Mary's "Be it done unto me according to your word." Each time we commit ourselves to embracing God's call and accepting His will, we mark a new point on the path of our relationship with Him. For the rest of her life, Mary pondered her extraordinary encounter with God, turning the weight of the angel's message over and over again in her heart. From the manger to the cross, Mary's life was radically changed -- her relationship with God profoundly deepened -- the moment she said "Yes."
Mary received and welcomed God's Word in the fullest sense -- becoming impregnated with it, and bearing it to the world. Angels might not appear in our doorsteps, but we do encounter God in each of our daily prayers, and he whispers to us a similar invitation: Will we accept His love and bring it joyously to those around us? Will we trust in His providence, even when we can't see the path ahead? Amid the noise of everyday life, will we listen for and embrace his call?
When making his pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Annunciation, Pope Benedict XVI offered this prayer to the humble Virgin of Nazareth. It speaks for all of us who likewise seek to accept God's will with joy:
Mary, Mother of the "Yes," you listened to Jesus, and know the tone of his voice and the beating of his heart. Morning Star, speak to us of him, and tell us about your journey of following him on the path of faith.
A question for today:
When have I felt that God was calling me to something greater than myself? When have I succeeded, and when have I failed, in accepting His will? What was the outcome of those situations?
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen