December 27, 2021

We run to stores, appointments, meetings, and the department store with coupons in hand. Then there are the actual physical runners who put on their prescribed set of miles each day. As the weeks and months go by, that could be a lot of people running. In all this running, it may seem that people have taken Sunday as a day of rest and have reduced their running a bit, but all the weekday runners are not running to their church. To put it bluntly, they are not running to Christ.

We can capture the spirit of two famous biblical runners, Peter and John, the Apostle whose feast we celebrate today. Hearing the news that they have taken Jesus from the tomb; the race was on to get to the tomb and see what could be discovered there only for Peter to take notice of the folded burial cloth and rolled up head covering.

When John entered the tomb, he saw and believed. It was John who stood with Mary at the foot of the cross. He saw Jesus die, and now, just as promised, he has risen, and John’s belief deepens to understand that Jesus’ life led to this ultimate gift of his love for us. John’s writings bring home the point of this love that Jesus has for us, and we are to carry this love to others.

So, are we runners to Christ for adoration? Are we running to Christ to receive him in our Eucharist liturgies? Are we running to Christ as we interact with others? With a new year upon us, perhaps a reconsideration of our running habits is in order.

The tomb was empty, but Jesus was—and is—always present, waiting for the runners.

Let Us Pray:

My feet hurt. My shoes don’t fit. I can’t run, but I am constantly moving toward you. Dear Lord, give me strength. Give me strength.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.