Reading: I Corinthians 9: 24-27
I've had the opportunity to attend several bike races, shortly after I graduated from college. One bike race I attended for a number of years was the Core States (later First Union) Race in Philadelphia. It was always exciting to watch the hundreds of bicyclists race for several hours. I definitely was amazed at the endurance they showed, being able to ride a bike for that long without stopping. They definitely are physically fit! At the finish line, only one bicyclist wins. He or she is crowned the champion and wins some money, a trophy, and some other goodies. The victor had a goal-- to win the race-- and when the finish line was crossed, the bicyclist was triumphant.
Those bike racers also remind me that we, too, are in a race as Christians. We are pacing ourselves as we run this race called life. At the “finish line” of our earthly existence, we will achieve eternal life and see God face-to-face.
As we go through life, we must be like the bikers. We must have endurance and be fit in mind and body. After our long Lenten season of repentance, we’ve seen the light at the empty tomb. We should be reminded of the race that Jesus ran while He was on earth. We should remember that our race, too, is long; but, at the finish line, we will be rewarded. Alleluia! Christ is Risen Indeed!
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