Jesuit Missions 11 Edge Hill ,
SW19 4LR Wimbledon,

April-Marathon

Romans 9: 24-27 (New International Version)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Reflection-Richard Greenwood, Outreach and Communications Manager

I am not a serious runner but on Sunday I will have a tinge of regret that I’m not on the starting line of the London Marathon again. In 2018 I ran my first marathon for Jesuit Missions. After 7 years of supporting hundreds of Jesuit Missions runners it felt like the right time.

It surprised me how many people were running in memory of others; it was moving to read these names as you go around the course. When I ran, I found it helpful to dedicate each mile to someone important in my life. This focus when it began to feel tough always helped to give me a bit more energy. This year our runners will be running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke SJ, a Jesuit who was murdered in South Sudan towards the end of 2018. I know that our runners will do Fr Victor proud.

The marathon is one of the greatest London days, but it’s not just about this one day. The training and preparation begin months in advance. You can’t do it without support from friends and family.

Prayer 

attributed to Eric Liddell, Olympic Gold Medallist and Christian Missionary

I have no formula for winning the race.

Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way.

And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within.

Jesus said, ‘Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.’

If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.

Lord, help me to run the good race with discipline, energy and determination, knowing that You have created me to give you glory through all of my being.