Friday, September 10, 2010

A Friday morning tradition...

Well, at least for the last two years..

Friday morning Chapel mass with CMH teams or student groups. Today, the first of the new year, I celebrated the 6:45am mass with the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams.

In a wonderful coincidence, the first reading for today was quite fitting --

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor 9:16-19,22-27)

If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it. 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. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

The word of the Lord.

As is also part of the tradition, we finished mass with a recitation of the CMH Team prayer --

Heavenly Father,
Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.
Give us the courage to devote each,
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today
with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
If you choose,
allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day.
Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.

St. Sebastian, patron of athletes, R:/ Pray for us.
Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for us.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Good luck to all our student athletes in the fall season. Especially to the Cross Country teams who, tomorrow, compete in the Retro Metro Meet (a gather of all the schools of the old Metro Conference of private schools) at Washington Park.

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