“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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TODAY’S WORD…

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We should throw off everything that hinders us,

especially the sin that clings so easily,

and keep running steadily in the race we have started.

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Let us not lose sight of Jesus,

who leads us in our faith

and brings it to perfection.

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– Hebrews 12:1-2 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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Faith fills us with hope

and that hope gives us the determination we need to run the race.

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Ours is not a short and easy race

but a long test which calls for endurance

and an ability to cope with pain and fatigue.

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As true believers, we run the race in spite of all obstacles we encounter along the way,

and all the urgings and temptations from everywhere to pull out of the race

and to simply “lie back and enjoy life, because we only live once!”

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Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus is what will help us get there.

He too ran the race – and how!

He too was tempted to do otherwise – and how!

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Jesus became one like us to show us the way;

to show us, through His own extreme example,

how the race should be run, with faith, hope and joy in our hearts,

and how not to give up,

so as to finally get to that glorious and joyful destination

which God has promised us,

and which we so yearn for.

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QUOTE…

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" To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end

we must nourish it with the word of God…”

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church – CCC 162

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PRAYER…

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Lead me, Lord; increase my faith; help me as I run the race of life.

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