Dana Doyle at Catholic Working Mom tagged me along with two other bloggers to write about our three favorite Bible verses! So, here it goes:
#1: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: "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." This is from the NAB Bible. Normally, I prefer the RSV or Douay-Rheims, but I like this wording the best. I absolutely love this verse! Any time I'm feeling discouraged or my spiritual life is starting to go downhill, I read this verse and it invigorates me. "Run so as to win!" We all are running this race, but it can be easily lost if we stop trying. So I use this verse like a runner might use the song "Eye of the Tiger." And I tell others about this verse that they might remember what it is we are ultimately on this Earth for- to personally achieve- and help others reach- through the grace of God, access into eternal joy.
#2: John 1:5 "...the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." I am a writer (obviously), and I am particuallry fond of reading and writing fantasty and poetry. This verse is the basis behind any good fantasy story. Take Lord of the Rings for example (you knew it was coming!), more specifically the Battle of Helm's Deep. Everyone is fighting, it's raining, they're tired and losing hope because it seems like the darkness will prevail. But then, dawn comes and brings the sun with it's arrival. And riding in with the breaking light comes Gandalf the White with fresh soldiers to defeat evil (at least, this is how it happens in the movie). Christ is the light of all our lives, and though darkness may try to win- it has yet to overcome it (this is also NAB)!
#3: John 6:53-56 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." I was trying to think of my third favorite verse, and this came to mind. The Eucharist- Christ's humble sacrifice made for us. This is one of my favorites because it shows that we all need the Body and Blood of Christ to truly live for God. Adoration is a time when we can witness Christ's great power unleashed. I have had the most intense and amazing religious experiences of my life while kneeling silently in Adoration. So, this verse taken from the RSV Bible means much to me- for my soul would be lost without Our Lord's Holy Communion.
I hope you enjoyed this! I'm going to tag the girls at Covered, The Catholic Young Woman, and Ioannes at Commentarius de Prognosticis.
"Run so as to win!"