Speak Lord: running the race


In the second reading for the Mass of the Day, this coming Sunday, the feast of Sts Peter and Paul, Paul uses the image of the race and a runner.

What strikes you as you read the reading?
What stirs your emotions – either by way of encouragement or seeming discouragement?
Bring your feelings to God in prayer, making your response to God’s living word, continuing the dialogue to which God invites you.

My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18

  • How does the passage speak to your life, now, today?

A common spiritual exercise to help deepen desire to grow in the spiritual virtues is to contemplate one’s own death – and to imagine the obituary that might be printed, or the words that might be said in a eulogy. What might we want to be said? And what would be said, if people were being honest? And how do we feel about that?

Olympic Stadium

In today’s reading we have St Paul’s summing up of his own life. He speaks of his striving, and of the Lord’s saving him. Both features seem to be given equal weight, and Paul gives thanks.

  • What can you say of how you live?
  • What can you say of the Lord’s saving love for you?

Photographs from London’s Olympic Stadium, during the 2012 Paralympic Games. (c) Allen Morris