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St. Paul, in our reading, speaks of his commitment to preach the gospel message, something that he does with great zeal. Later he speaks of those athletes, who train who great commitment to earn a prize that will eventually fade. Certainly in no way would Paul be criticizing them. But underlying this is the question: If they train so hared for a prize that will wither and fade with time, how much harder should we train for an eternal prize - the prize of everlasting life. This is a great question for all of us to consider.
This past Tuesday and Wednesday evening at our 7 pm masses we had the wonderful opportunity to witness the faith of 9 adults who became members of the Roman Catholic Church. On Tuesday, Shava, Bojan, Julia, Katrina, Ashley, Mary and Twinklestar were baptized, confirmed and made their 1st holy communion. On Wednesday, Jennifer and Linda were received in the RC Church and then were confirmed and made their 1st holy communion.
These 9, who through their commitment to the RCIA programme, truly understood the words of St. Paul that they needed to commit themselves to working towards that eternal prize - and they began to do so by learning about our faith and then formally committing themselves to that faith, as we witnessed. And I am so, so proud of them.
Please do keep the 9 of them in your prayers as well as any others you know who recently became members of our Roman Catholic faith, a faith that we all cherish.