The Nuns’ Olympics

Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.

— Luke 14:1, 7–14

VATICAN CITY STATE (CR News) — Flash! Flash! Nuns everywhere in religious orders all around the world are busily preparing for the upcoming Nuns’ Olympics. According to Sr. Charley, a nun named Sr. Jonesy has been working hard and is practically guaranteed to win a gold medal.

Our Story …

The Nuns’ Olympics? Really! Apparently so.

Sr. Charlie was caught by surprise. She has been a nun for many years. She knows the Provincial House well, and she had never seen a “nuns’ fitness center.” Her first clue that something was wrong was the new, yellow sign (CAUTION) pointing to a Nuns’ Fitness Center.

And that “Lifetime Membership”! Was it a joke or was it for real? Who did this? Who even does this kind of thing? Sr. Charlie decided to find out.

As soon as she entered the room, she saw Sr. Jonesy. That’s when Sr. Jonesy told her she was preparing for the Olympics. It wasn’t just any, old Olympics either. It was the Nuns’ Olympics!

Sr. Charlie had never heard of a Nuns’ Olympics. Neither had any of the other nuns in the Provincial House. But rather than discourage Sr. Jonesy’s fantasy of winning the gold medal, the prospect of nobody else showing up to compete only fueled her aspirations.

“I’m practically guaranteed to be the gold medal winner if nobody else shows up,” Sr. Jonesy said. “I’ll be a hero and a legend among all the nuns!”

It Is Written …

Let’s talk.

The mass for Sunday, August 28, focuses on the wonderful trait of humility. You have already seen a warning from the Gospel reading that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled. If the proud person is not careful, she might even be humiliated. No doubt that Sr. Charlie was concerned that Sr. Jonesy was setting herself up for a big fall.

The Old Testament reading this week tells us to humble ourselves. By doing this, it promises we will find favor with God. This reading also informs us that pride can be a cover-up for personal insecurities. (Sirach 3:17–18, 20, 28–29)

The reading from the New Testament this week shines light on two points. First is the priesthood of Jesus. His priesthood was superior to the priesthood in the Old Law which He fulfilled. Yet, our Lord was humble.

The second had to do with pilgrimage, and perhaps even, exodus. The focus was on the goal of our our life. The New Testament reading is Hebrews 12:18–19, 22–24a.

Well, Sr. Jonesy is a funny and lovable nun. Sr. Charlie is thankful to know her and to have her as a friend and sister. But clearly, Sr. Jonesy embodied what this week’s readings from the mass warn us about.

Be sure to read these Bible passages before coming to mass.

Life Goes On

That’s our story for this week, and we’re sticking to it.

And that’s our summary from the Bible for this week’s mass too. Get the rest of the story when you attend mass this Sunday. And of course, be sure receive the great gift of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It is His divine flesh and blood (Jn 6:53).


It’s cool to be part of God’s family—a child of God! COOL2B!

Vivat Jesus!

2 thoughts on “The Nuns’ Olympics

  1. I imagine a spiritual Olympics could only be a Eucharistic Congress. If it was competition among the non-Catholic Church’s it would be very complicated and undefinable considering they all have different forms of worship…


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