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Olympics Anyone?

刊登日期: 2012.11.18
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

Did you watch Oscar Pistorius run in the 400 meters at the London Olympic Games this summer? What an athlete!

Wouldn’t you want to be an Olympian too?

I thought about it. I think I will train for the 2016 Games in Brazil. What do you think? Would I succeed?

The fact is, no matter how hard I may try, I would not qualify. I don’t think I would qualify even for Special Olympics. If I try at all and think that somehow I would succeed, I would be labeled as a dreamer, out of my mind or a wishful thinker. It would not be from lack of effort. It would be from lack of reality.

What is the difference between wishful thinking and hope? Hope is attainable.

Which could be real for me? Entering the Olympic Games as a competing athlete or going to Heaven?

You got it. Because going to Heaven is possible for me and for everyone. That is the hope PROMISED by Jesus.

Hope builds on the foundation that comes from faith. And remember, faith comes from a person, The Person that made a Promise and His Promise is True.

Consider these quotes from St. Paul:

Rom 8:24 “Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

1 Cor 2:9 “Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

2 Cor 4:17-18 “…we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

1 Cor 13: 9-10, 12 “For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. …. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but THEN face to face. At present I know partially; THEN I shall know fully, as I am fully known.”

And this one from St. John:

1 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on Him makes himself pure, as he is pure.”

Our hope of eternal life with God is certain if we walk the Way of Jesus. So “hope” is not something we “think” about, but a goal we strive to attain. 

St. Paul actually used the Olympics as his example in 1 Cor 9:24-25 “Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.” He knew what the Olympics was about. It started in Greece! And in 2 Tim 4:7-8 he said, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”

Indeed, imagine the discipline each athlete goes through to prepare for competition. If only we gave a small amount of care and dedication to our spiritual life, the diet, the schedule of practice, listening to the coach, the persistence ….. 

More next week.

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