Friends, our second reading this week is from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy—one of the last letters we have from St. Paul. Now toward the end of his life, Paul passes on various pieces of wisdom to his young friend, including this: “I have finished the race.” The spiritual life is like a race; it includes different stages, from the promise, energy, and enthusiasm of the beginning to the experience of hitting the wall, where you can’t go on. St. Paul experienced all of those stages, and his hugely inspiring words are for all of us: no matter where you are in the race, finish it.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Sir 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm – Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
Reading 2 – 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel – Lk 18:9-14