Running with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2011

I didn’t realize it would be quite so long and I made a wrong turn or two that turned this into a 14 mile run — and through hilly country. But I loved it and gave a few meditations along the way imagining walking along with Jesus.

Abu Ghosh is a site is known for two things: 1) a possible site for the city of Emmaus where Jesus walked with two disciples; and 2) the place where the Ark of the Old Covenant rested for 20 years before David came to fetch it for Jerusalem.

The walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite passages in Scripture and reflects the Mass — Jesus giving them the word and then the Bread. I love to meditate on that passage and imagine what Jesus might have said to them during their long walk.

Secondly, the Ark of the Old Covenant contained the word of God inscribed in stone but in Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant is the Word of God inscribed in flesh. The parallels are phenomenal and I mention a few as I run along the road.

You can see the YouTube short version below — or click here to see the map along with all the pictures and videos I took which are on


  • Mike K says:


    We’re enjoying the videos! My parents – Tom and Clara, and my cousins, John and Kathy are currently on your tour. My mom was so excited to go – she went with a torn shoulder!

    It looks like you guys are having a great time – please tell them all I said hi.

    P.S. I’d like to see you pick up the pace a little on your next run! 🙂

    Take Care,

  • Jim Olszewski says:

    This was a facinating video. These sights really do demonstrate a real understanding of Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. There is so much to see and experience in the Holy Land.

    Have you ever considered leading a Hiking Pilgrimage of the Holy Land??

    If not, just keep making the videos!

    Thanks for all the videos of this last week!

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