The Olympic spirit

Friday, August 3, 2012

LondonOlympics2012by Sister Laura Zelten

Watching the Olympic Games this week has been wonderful.  I marvel at all the strength, talent and dedication of the athletes.  I can't imagine the hours of practice they put in to achieve the level of perfection it takes to compete with the world's best.  Conversely, watching the level of agony when they don't make it to the gold is painful.  How crushing it must be after all the time and energy they put in and to lose by 1/100 of a second.

So how do you measure 1/100 of a second?  To me it sounds like a blink of the eye and yet if you lose by it, it could be an eternity.  Does God measure us in 1/100's of a second?  No, I have come to the conclusion that God gives us all a gold medal if we put forth our best effort with the best intentions.  So as I watch the Olympic Games I am happy for those who win and congratulate all the athletes on their hard work and effort.  But, I am also encouraged as St. Timothy says, "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." (2 Tim. 4:7-8)