Walking the Gospel Trail - Part II

This is our final day, and some of the most fascinating sites and views are ahead of us.

With Golani Junction and Kibbutz Lavi behind us, the Gospel Trail continues through rocky terrain, which soon turns into golden fields of crops. This makes us recall the story of Jesus and his disciples picking grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23) – which is why the area is called the wheat field.
Each step along the way, the scenery changes, providing us with a rapid succession of what are literally breathtaking views. We are approaching Mount Arbel, with its colossal cliffs rising in the east. The canyon of Nahal Arbel below us wends its way to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and the Upper Galilee to the north, with the ancient city of Safed on a distant hilltop.

Excited to feel so connected to the stories of Jesus and his disciples, we take the more ambitious trail at Arbel Junction, up the Arbel cliffs with their spectacular view of the entire Sea of Galilee region. After reaching the top, we take a break, taking in the view and basking in the silence that invites prayer and meditation.

We then make our way up Road 87 to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site traditionally believed to be where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.  Once reaching the site, we experience a special calm that that allows us to invoke the spirit of the great Sermon of the Mount: 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:1-5).

Deeply moved, we finish the Gospel Trail by reaching Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), where the trail ends. The words of Jesus will forever be connected to us physically and ingrained in our hearts as we have seen the actual places where Jesus walked, taught and lived.

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