October 29, 2016

JUST IN CASE:

Baseball as a road to God (John Sexton, October 28, 2016, RNS)

If given sensitive attention, baseball can awaken us to a contemplative dimension of life that is often missing in our increasingly peripatetic existence. We can learn, through baseball, to experience life more deeply. When we embrace its ineffable joys, baseball can be a guide to viewing religion and the spiritual life differently, to living differently, to being in the world in a different way and seeing more in it.

One time, outside of the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, I saw a T-shirt for sale that asked: "What did Jesus say to the Cubs just before he ascended into heaven?" The answer: "Don't do anything until I get back." Yet another proclaimed the words of the late, archetypal Chicago broadcaster Jack Brickhouse: "Hey, anyone can have a bad century!"

By now, the second century of World Series drought is upon them, but until it ends, Cubs fans will continue flocking to the corner of Clark and Addison streets on game day - not because they expect to win, or because they want to see how exactly they'll manage to lose, but simply because they want to be there. Just in case.

They sit, waiting to experience the ecstasy of release; the blessing that follows the curse. The only question that remains is how much longer that wait will last.

Posted by at October 29, 2016 8:32 AM

  

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