Welcome friends to the first discussion topic in our Faith on the Field Lenten Virtual Community. As we enter this season of Lent, we invite you all to join us to “live slow and notice” God’s action in our lives. We will be talking about baseball, and about God, and hopefully the correlations we find between the affect they each have on us. As we open the season of Lent, Opening day of the baseball season comes to mind.
A couple years ago, E.J. Dionne Jr., an opinion writer for the Washington Post wrote an article titled “Hope’s Opening Day” which captures that essence with the opening:
The obligations of religious toleration and pluralism require all who care not a bit about baseball to accept that opening day is more than the beginning of a sports season. It is a great religious festival.
It can’t be an accident that baseball always starts around the time of both Easter and Passover and, thus, “elicits a sense of renewal.” For the faithful, it means that “the long dark nights of winter are over” and “the slate is clean.” All teams, the exalted and lowly alike, “are tied at zero wins and zero losses.” This, in turn, means that the fervent cry “Wait’ll next year” becomes “prologue, replaced by hope.”
The faithful fan, who usually ends the season with defeat, (unless you are a Yankee or Cardinal fan), epitomizes the hope of rebirth with the dawn of a new season. I’m reminded of Corinthians 15: 54-58:
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
162 games in the season, and every year, every team starts with a perfect record. What are your thoughts about Hope’s Opening Day as we open lent? To leave a comment, click the link at the TOP of the post.