We're running a race to the finish. The Christian is called to endure; drifting away from the faith, giving up, burning out - these are the seeds choked by weeds or falling on rock that Jesus was talking about in his parable. Paul wrote to Timothy to persevere, mentioning people who had begun well, like Demas, but who abandoned the faith as he was too "in love" with the present world. The danger of drifting, of abandoning the faith, is a reality for many of us. The path that Christ walked, the way of the cross, IS the path he has called for each of us who belong to Him.