Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way so as to obtain the prize.”
In this passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we may be tempted to think that he is referring to a trophy or monetary prize when running a race. This is true for many races; however, the Camden Diocese’s iRace4Vocations offers the opportunity to seek a much more profound prize in life, learning about one’s vocation.
Running has been an important part of my life especially in high school and college. Now as a novice of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I am still able to run, but the prize is much different than any I have won before. When we discover our vocation in life, the prize comes to us day-by-day as we deepen our relationship with Jesus. God calls young people to consider a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life, married life and the single life. This prize which St. Paul speaks of is within reach of all who strive for it.
I encourage you to join us as we seek the prize at the Second Annual iRace4Vocations in Sewell. The race takes place on Sunday, April 21, at Washington Lake Park. I look forward to participating in the race again this year as I witness to the vocation to which God has called me. It is a wonderful occasion to share in the companionship of people called to the various vocations in life. Take advantage of the opportunity to come out, run and learn of the endless possibilities that God offers you. Grab your sneakers, I’ll meet you there. Ready, set, go!
iRace4Vocations is an intergenerational event aimed at praying for and promoting vocations to the priesthood, religious life, married life and single life. This 5K run or 1.5 mile family walk will begin with a Mass for vocations celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan and conclude with a barbecue and family entertainment such as face painting and balloon animals. To register for iRace, go to www.camdendiocese.org.
Sister Melissa Marie Mastrangelo is a novice for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her family resides in Wildwood.