Weekend Thought by Ray Delaney

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“What’s your sport?”

“Watching snooker on the TV,” the man replied.

I’m a spectator too. I enjoy skiing and winter sports.

On a summer holiday in Austria my family and I climbed the steps at the side of the ski slope at Innsbruck. What a view from the top and looking down we saw a hospital and a cemetery. That’s planning for you!

Mountains are awesome especially when covered in snow. Never fancied rock climbing. I might have managed the hills that Julie Andrews sang on in The Sound of Music (she did later sing Climb Every Mountain but that was telling children to follow their dreams).

The Bible mentions mountains many times. Some are referred to as mounts, such as Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from the hand of God.

Two others are Mount Zion (Jerusalem) and the Mount of Olives.

Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, has been called Mount Calvary in Gospel song and in the names of churches and other buildings.
On Good Friday, Jesus struggled along the road to Calvary carrying his cross (“All the way to Calvary he went for me”).

There were three crosses that day - Jesus in the centre flanked by two criminals who, with the crowd, heaped insults on him.

Suddenly a shaft of understanding struck one of the thieves - he had grasped who Jesus was.

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered: “I tell you the truth today, you will be with me in paradise.”

That thief entered into light and life, the other into darkness and a lost eternity.

In life we have to make many choices. The penitent thief made the most important one.