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The Prize

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The Prize

Do you watch the Great British Bake-off, the X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing and wonder who will win?  Do you follow East Stirlingshire FC, wondering if they will ever win?  Did your nails become rather short during Wimbledon this year?  In these and many more spheres of life, ‘the prize’ is always in view.  However, as is said of the Lottery, you have to be in it to win it, and though you may dream of your Gateau Saint Honoré wowing the judges, chances are that that particular prize does not have your name on it*.

The prize that does await you, however, beats all other prizes without exception.  Details of the prize are found in psalm 15 (which we have explored before here):

Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: You are my God, 
My happiness lies in you alone.
He has put into my heart a marvellous love 
for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.
Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.
Never will I offer their offerings of blood.
Never will I take their name upon my lips.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; 
it is you yourself who are my prize.
The lot marked out for me is my delight:
welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!

Wow!  You know the phrase, ‘he has gone to his eternal reward’? One can easily think of that reward as squeezing in through the pearly gates, and adding our own little voices to those of the Church Triumphant, continually praising God in heaven but no, that is not enough for the generosity of God.  It is not enough for Him that He allows us to come into His presence: He draws all men into Himself.  We are to be drawn into the life of the Trinity itself.  That is our prize.  Let us never tire in running the race, then, keeping our eyes fixed on The Prize.

(cf 1 Cor 9:24-25)

*Though of course, not knowing who you are, I might be completely wrong about that.  Sorry, and welcome to our parish website, Miss Quinn!

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