Boston Sports

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I compose this new post, the news just came in that the Boston Celtic’s Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been traded to the Brooklyn Nets, as well as their coach Doc Rivers being traded to the LA Clippers.  Just before this news, New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested for 1st degree murder.  Right before that news, the Boston Bruins lost game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals by allowing 2 goals in the last 76 seconds of the game.  A rough week for Boston Sports!  For those of us who love sports, and especially our New England teams, I believe that there is something very important that we can we learn from all of this.  Whether it be the trade of 2 great basketball players and their coach, the shock of a great football player falling from grace, or the tough, bitter defeat of our hockey team from the Finals, it is not the end of the world.  There is hope.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  There is good that can come out of bad.  Of course, I’m talking beyond mere sports, and rather, pointing to Him who gives the athletes their very gifts and abilities to be able to compete in the first place – God Himself.   Our relationship with Him is more important than any trade, arrest, or defeat.  When we are disappointed with earthly things, we can always have hope and look forward to Heavenly things.  Ultimately this is our goal – to make it to Heaven, and to be with God forever.  Jesus Christ has already won the Victory for us on the Cross.  We just have to allow His grace to work in and through us with the short time that we have been given on this earth.  Attending Sunday Mass, daily prayer, frequent reception of the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Confession, and not being afraid to bear public witness to our beautiful Catholic Faith – these are the ways in which we cooperate with the grace of God on this earth, so that we can be with Him forever in Eternal Life.  As we celebrate today the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, may we learn from these two great Apostles, with their beautiful witness of truly living lives for Jesus Christ, so that we also may rejoice with them in the Victory over sin and death that Jesus won for us through His Cross and Resurrection!

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