Some pictures for John the Baptist on his birthday!
Enlarge the photo above and see John baptizing Jesus in the River Jordan.
The gift shop at Kasr il Yahud, near Jericho, is full of souvenirs for pilgrims.
Sometimes I wonder how John would react if he could see the modern version of his desert baptismal site, complete with tourist buses, Israeli army patrols,
refrigerated trucks bringing ice cream to the kiosk,
and groups of young North Americans being dunked by their pastor,
while being photographed and filmed,
to the accompaniment of guitars and songs.
What do you think?
(More blog pictures of Kasr al Yahud here.)