Friday: 27th April, 2018
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
Many times, after a near death experience, people change their way of life completely. For others, this change takes effect while they sit at the funeral of a loved one. Today, at the second requiem Mass I have ever been to, I found myself hopelessly drawn to the soothing voice of a priest I had never met. He read the Gospel with the style of a National Geographic Narrator and in my mind, I could see which sound effects could be added to make his proclamation of the Gospel even finer.
But as these thoughts flashed through my mind, the echoes of these words from the first reading at the Mass just hit me: ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith'(2 Tim 4:7). So, I asked myself: have you finished your race? My obvious answer was NO! This was somehow disappointing because I had that feeling of ‘yeah, I still have a long way to go’.
But then again I asked myself ‘why I was so in love with the voice of the priest when I have mine?’ Natural attraction or whatever description we would employ, that can very easily be the realities we have to contend with while in our race. It is so easy to lose sight of our very own race that we join others on theirs. Call it team work or whatever, but in the end, you have your race to run.
That feeling of ‘will we ever get to the end’ will keep coming, but we can gain some confidence in the words of Jesus on the cross and Paul in his second letter to Timothy: ‘It is finished’ and ‘I have finished my course’. The fact that it has been done, means you can also do it. So my dear, don’t forget about your own race and don’t go clinging to that of others. Run your race to completion because though you may get some points for running with others, the one race for which you will be awarded is your own race.
Remember # You have a course to complete.