“Play ball!” … Saturday, June 29

Until I take a picture, I often forget that I ...

Will we play minor league or “graduate” to the majors?

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” (Refer to C.C.C. 665-667) He went, having made a way for us beginning in the Upper Room and continuing through Calvary and on down to the present day in Holy Mass (it’s all one thing), to prepare a place for us and make sure we have everything we need to get there. I am a Cardinals fan, both the baseball team and the college of, and having watched a few games, given His current Heavenly vantage point? I can assure you Jesus has all the bases covered. But this is no game, this is our eternity. Still, we need a “game plan”, don’t we? And we do. Its called Holy Mother Church. And a Team Manager. We’ve got one of those too. Currently his name is Francis. And our Coach? That’s why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, to help train us and watch over the game plan. Last but not least every pro team has an Owner, and so do we. (We even have cheerleaders, and this isn’t even football! Heaven is full of ’em, and our Mother is our most energetic fan!) Jesus watches over all the players from His Box Seat in Heaven. I think we’re probably in the ninth inning about now. Scores fluctuate. Don’t pay any attention to the Press, they play favorites and have been wrong before. But guess Who’s gonna win the World Series?

Today …

St. Paul

St. Paul

St. Paul, the indefatigable Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. We recruit players! He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, possibly for a year or two to prepare himself for his future missionary activity. Having returned to Damascus, he stayed there for a time, preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. For this he incurred the hatred of the Jews and had to flee from the city. He then went to Jerusalem to see Peter and pay his homage to the head of the Church. And he became a most valuable player, one of the first MVP’s. You know, it occurs to me. Did you ever collect baseball cards when you were little? Or maybe even now? Our team has Holy Cards, you know.

Think … Paul compared our Christian life to sports. “Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize ? So run that you may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24. Today might be a good day to review our training schedule.