1 Timothy 6:2-12; PS 49 BLessed the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs; Luke 8:1-3
"But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses."
Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life.
The Christian life is a competition. It is like a triathlon involves multiple stage reality where we run and swim and cycle continuously. Though in the Christian life it seems there is also rock climbing.
We are constantly in a transition from one stage to another: being a husband, a father, a mother, a wife, a neighbor, a employer, social life, religious environment all of which requires a persistent pursuit of the said goal eternal life.
Often times as Paul points out in today's first reading "love for Money" can monopolize the competition. But it is the more lasting goal we must keep in focus and let determine the daily routine that is "eternal life."
We need to remember that being Christian requires cross training both metaphorically and literally.
Only then can we be like the twelve and the woman in today's gospel Luke 8 where this small rag tag group accompany Jesus and provided for him out of their resources.
What resources do we use to provide for Jesus? Hopefully the answer to the question is every resource as we compete well for the faith.
Lace up your sneakers, get out your swimming trunks, lube your bicycle gear up for the triathalon that awaits daily as we compete.
May the intercession of ANdrew Kim and the 103 Korean Martyrs assist us on our journey to compete well for the faith.