Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners,so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
When I was training for my first half marathon, my dear friend Lisa posted this Scripture on my Facebook wall.
I was in a panic, preparing to run a 10 mile race through one of the hilliest parks in Louisville.
Seeing this message, I smiled and committed it to memory.
I think of this passage often when I’m trying to will myself through a run, or struggling to manage many small children at home.
It’s applicable to so many aspects of my life and to our Church.
This week marks forty years of legalized abortion in our country. It’s easy to get discouraged and think, “What can I do? How can we change people’s hearts to recognize life as a gift?”
Stay the course.
Check in your area for pro-life Masses this week. Call or write your legislators urging them to support pro-life legislature. Check out 40 Days for Life and commit to get involved this year. Donate to your local crisis pregnancy center. Set aside time to pray a special Rosary or spend an hour in Eucharistic Adoration. Keep woman and children, the elderly and disabled in your hearts and prayers.
You can and DO make a difference. Let’s run the race set before us together.