Today, I did my annual Good Friday pilgrimage on Calvary Hill Arizona. It is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet, plus another 6-mile bike ride (see the map).
It took me 3 hours to do this bike-hike–bike round trip pilgrimage from my Scottsdale home. The temperatures were in the upper 80s, which is normal for this time of the year. But for some reason I felt quite tired at the end. It must be that darn desert pollen this year and the allergies that it is causing.
Anyway, I paid my respects to Yeshua as I do on every Good Friday.
“This is my church service,” I explained later on to my son-in-law who is visiting here from Vienna, Austria, with my daughter and their four children this Easter week.
Four years ago on Good Friday, Master Sananda (Yeshua, Jesus) took me to a place in the McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale that resembled the Calvary Hill in Jerusalem on which he was crucified two millennia ago. And he left for me to find there some very special sacraments (see my 2013 Desert Quest (PDF))
Ever since that Good Friday 2013, I have been returning to this holy place in the Arizona desert whenever I needed Yeshua’s counsel and guidance. Over time, I identified on this rough mountain trail the 14 stations of the cross. In the fall 2013, I even created the music I play while on this pilgrimage. It is timed to coincide thematically and geographically with each Station of the Cross.
On my way down, I also stopped and prayed at this beautiful Pachamama rock that resembles a Native American shaman with a buffalo spirit inside. I discovered it originally in 2008, just under the Calvary Hill summit.
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