My church calendar tells me we are in ‘ordinary time’. However, I sense there’s going to be nothing ordinary about these days we’re entering into. I think it might be worth us keeping alive something of the spirit of the Olympics and the Paralympics; the kind of perseverance capable of surmounting tall odds in life.
It is the dignity of humanity and the stories of our sporting successes and trials which will stay with us long after both sets of Games are over. It was Baron Pierre de Coubertain, founder of the modern Olympics, who said that; ‘The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well’. These sentiments of ‘fighting the good fight’ lie, I think, in that sometimes rather overused expression, ‘it’s not the winning that counts but the taking part’. St.Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews, puts it this way; ‘let us run with patience the race that is set before us’.
Tony and David, their team, and all of us keen to see the Extension realised, needed a degree of patience these past few years. Good things rarely happen overnight, and whether it’s seeing the fruits of the Extension, dealing with the ongoing twists and turns in the economy, in our family, school and work lives, it will help us to remember that the fruits we all seek don’t come easily. They can often only be won the way an athlete might train for and win a race; by going the extra mile, and by treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
May I wish you all much peace this autumn and, as the rest of this year unfolds, may you find peace just at the moments when you least expect it and in unlikely circumstances.
At St.Agatha’s we find that gathering to remember the source of our Peace is a good way to realise it in the rest of our lives. You are welcome to join us at any time, and you are welcome to use our new room too (just see me or Janice). And THANK YOU for being part of it!
With regards, and prayers,
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