Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. There is hardly a sport's bone in my body. And that may be why I do not understand.
But what if I am right?
As I was coming back from an appointment this evening, I had the occasion to come down the side streets to the parish. My trek took me near the high school. In the distance ahead, I could see why the traffic was so slow. There was a police car in the middle of the street and the officer was directing foot traffic as people crossed the street from the parking lot to go to the opening football game for the high school.
If only people would show the same enthusiasm to go to church!
After all, when was the last time that you saw police directing traffic so that people could pack into church in order to worship.
But when it comes to the weekend worship that we call sports, traffic jams abound.
When did we loose sight of all that is truly important?
I know that sports have their place. They help to build up individuals. They can teach leadership skills. They garner people scholarships so that they can go on to higher education.
But do so many people have to worship at the field?
Is God not more important than a football? A baseball? A basketball? A hockey puck?
I cannot tell you the number of times people come to a Saturday evening Mass and see me in the foyer beforehand and ask me to cut short the homily so that they could go home and catch the game.
We have to quit cutting God short.
We have to begin giving God His due.
Or else we will become so lost that we will no longer care.
And that, my friends, will lead to dire -- and eternal -- consequences.
So, to all of you who spend time on the field tonight, may I ask you a favor? Would you spend just a third of the time you spend at the game tonight at a worship service this weekend? Go to Mass. Go to church. Go to synagogue. Go and worship God, who gives us all. Yes, even sport's talent.
WELL SAID!!!!!! I am addicted to your thoughts of the day and couldn't agree with you more on this one! I can't believe the nerve some church goers have to even think to ask you if you can cut mass early so they can see the kickoff...isn't that what DVR's, etc. are for?!?! It appalls me, as well, when people walk in late to mass (sometimes even as late as during your homily) and when other leave mass early. I was taught that you NEVER leave mass before Jesus Christ on the crucifix does (the altar server carrying the crucifix)AND the priest. Some at STM need a 'wake-up' call. "Give 'em 'hell' Father Mike"!!!!