To the Finish
St. Paul talks about running the race to the finish. He encourages us to be consistent and persistent in our conversion, to remain faithful to God to the end and to run the race of Christian faith until we reach eternal life with God. A runner who stays in the race until the very end puts forth great effort and experiences great discomfort and even pain as he or she pushes the body to the limit. St. Paul used this image to teach us that we have to run consistently and not give up when the going gets tough. Conversion sounds wonderful when we read about it in the lives of the saints, but it is a continual uphill and difficult path that we need to hold to despite the obstacles. May God grant us the grace to keep going.