Adventure, Culture, Pilgrimage

Give us this Day: the day Jesus was baptised

You’d be glad of a cool down in the 30C heat of a Jordan May. but Jesus wasn’t complaining.

Today is designated the sacred day when we commemorate The Baptism of the Lord.

It is in truth a little cooler in Jordan than when I went, at 11C but I can’t imagine the Lord was shivering.

So for the day that’s in it let’s take a deeper look into baptisms.

The first question is: where exactly was Jesus baptised.

The Jordanians claimed that he was doused further inland at Al-Maghtas.

Here in ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan’ in what is modern-day Jordan.

The Israelis for their part believe that he was baptised on their banks.

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And this is where the Russian Orthodox Christians believe there are healing waters and they go full immersion.

The Jordanians claim Jesus was baptised here

All of which I learned on my G Adventures trip to Jordan last year…. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/, http://www.visitjordan.com, http://www.gadventures.com.

While decide for yourself which you think it is…. or like me just soak it all up and maybe sneak some holy water… http://www.baptismsite.com

So for us Gentiles it’s worth reflecting that of course John, Jesus and all those who were being baptised were all Jews.

And that John though the most famous baptist would not have been the first.

Today at Mass

Ritual immersion had been part and parcel of Jewish culture, or mikvehs for some time.

Jews would ritually immerse themselves for spiritual purity before worshipping.

Washing is, of course, central to the daily and spiritual life of Muslims.

Water of Islam

As I have found out on my trips to Marrakech www.visitmarrakech.com and Morocco www.visitmorocco.com.

And more recently in Istanbul www.visitistanbul.com and Turkey www.goturkeytourism.com.

And Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina www.visitsarajevo.ba

The boys in the Blue Mosque

It is, of course, a primal act to wash as well as being hygienic.

And you can find it in Sikhism through Amrit Sanskar.

While in Hinduism they like to immerse statues of Durga and Ganesh during the final stages of the festivals Durga Puja and Ganesh Charturthi.

Water of death

And purification is as much part of death as it is a spiritual birth.

A ritual bath in pure water is performed for the dead in many religions including Judaism and Islam.

For more on this pilgrim’s progress… read https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/ https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/pilgrimage/camino-a-pilgrims-prayer/, https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/small-roads-lead-to-rome/ https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-lourdes-prayer-pyrenees/ and Fatima in https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/secret-portugal-classy-centro/

Pilgrimage

Give us this Day – Sunday School

Back in the day the kids of the parish would sit down cross-legged and listen to their Sunday School teacher – ME!

I’d surround myself with props related to the biblical story of the day.

And we’d sing from a playlist with set dances…

It’s Us Who Make Commuity, Ladybird, Do You Know Who Made You? and This Little Light of Mine come to mind.

Music is in the soul in the Deep South

I’m minded here to share with you that they play this song on a loop in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum http://www.mcrm.mdah.ms.gov.

Part of my American Trilogy which includes http://The Promised Land, http://The Story of the Blues and http://The King of Kings.

The reason why I’m raising Sunday Schools is twofold.

Firstly because the family behind me at Mass today (and many Sundays) spent the whole service running around after their hyperactive kids.

With another great Civil Rights leader Myrlie Evers in the Deep South

And secondly because, God willing, I’ll be attending a Sunday Service with a difference next weekend.

Before I get on to that it’s worth saying that not all kids are menaces.

Harriet’s story

And I was hugely impressed by the wee one who sat right through a high-powered film.

The excellent Harriet, the story of Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman.

Never forget. Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com

Sunday Schools were part and parcel of Sabbath worship back in Scotland but seems less of a thing here in Ireland.

But it makes sense, allowing parents to concentrate on the service.

And the kids are taken away and told biblical stories at their pace.

With all this in mind and with my experience at the sharp end I might just volunteer my services to Sunday School in Tobago http://www.visittobago.gov.tt.

Particularly as Tobago’s Sunday School has a twist.

Tobago’s Sunday School

It’s only a nightclub with a jumping steel band which gets the party started every Sunday night.

I’ll be returning to the Caribbean for the first time in a couple of years next weekend….

Here’s https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/rihanna-in-barbados/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/my-kiss-with-rihanna/.

Here’s what we know already about the island already. And I’m not kidding https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/11/tobago-ready-steady-goat/

Allellujah!