With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started.
Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.
Second reading for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Hebrews urges confidence and encourages us to move forward in faith and mission. It encourages us to find strength in solidarity in what, now, we might call the communion of saints.
A Christian is never alone. A Christian is always participating in the life of Christ and benefiting from our communion with him. And we are supported by each other also – fellow-Christians now and all those who have preceded us.
There are things that hinder us, even grave things. But as we pause to shrug those off, we also breathe in deeply and then continue…
- What irks and distracts you from your Christian vocation?
- When has have you most been aware of the role of the communion of saints
Photograph (c) 2006, Allen Morris. Font at St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell, Cornwall.