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John Morton prepares the group for baptisms in the river Jordan on Day 10 of the PTS Tour to the Holy Land 2023

Day 10 PTS Tour of Israel

Today is an MSIA first: Communion and baptisms in the Jordan River on the same day. That means that I’ll have less to say because the higher we go the more the words become superfluous, even defiling. The photos will say it better anyway. Our white-robed, beaming group look like little babies, fresh from God, in the sun-flecked water.

On the way to the baptisms we stop at the tomb of Maimonides. (There are clear plastic covers over the tomb’s embroidered cloth cover, just like the sofas at my Brooklyn Jewish grandparents’ home.) John gives a short talk outside the tomb.

Luckily most of the next day is the bus ride to Jerusalem so I can finish going through my 1500 photos of the baptisms. I’ve gotten a lot better at doing things the easy way, but I don’t think you can totally let go of perfectionism and still do art. The motivation is at its root Promethean (if your view of life is tragic), or Narcissistic (if your view of life is comic), and the solution, the baptismal cleansing of all that screwy karmic motivation, is Spiritual, or what I call “intelligence in the service of laziness”: closing the distance between self and God, and letting the highest force do the heavy lifting.

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