Brothers and sisters,
since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses,
each of whom lived a life of faith in God,
let us lay aside every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.
and let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us,
keeping our eyes on Jesus Christ,
on whom our faith depends from start to finish.
And may the peace of God,
the love of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit,
be among us and within us as we go.