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Run and Become Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Run and Become

Christian life is a race — long and rigorous. So, what is the challenge? Why is it so difficult? And how can we run better?


Every summer, the longest certified footrace in the world is held in Queens, New York. It’s called the “Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race,” and it challenges athletes to run 3,100 miles in 52 days. It invites contestants to “run and become.” The author of Hebrews makes a similar call in chapter 12.


For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Divisive Jesus,” August 18, 2013.

For an alternative idea pertaining to Isaiah 5:1-7, see “Grape Shatter.”


Picture Mount Everest.

Earth’s highest mountain rises 29,029 feet above sea level. First conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, it now attracts many climbers every year — some of whom die in their attempts to reach the summit.

But what about “the Mount Everest of ultramarathons”? That’s a little harder to picture, although the race was run earlier this summer, from June 16 through ...

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