Opening Day is always a day to be hopeful and excited. It’s a long season, (they play 161 games) which is a bit more like my life than the intensity of football. There are ups and downs and winning and losing. On any given day you can be at your best or worst. In baseball if you get a hit 3 out of 10 times, you’re a success. There are a lot of different yet important roles on any team. And there is usually a game tomorrow to make up for what you did today. Redemption is an important theme in baseball.
That chance to give it another try in order to sort of get it right or make up for a past mistake or poor showing is also an important theme of our Easter faith. I’ve always believed that God gives us as many chances as we need. As I was reading the Easter scripture in the gospel of John, I stumbled upon the observation that the first word Jesus speaks to Mary is the same question the angels ask her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” One way to interpret that is that Jesus is giving Mary a second opportunity to perceive what the empty tomb meant and that her weeping might be misplaced.
In many ways Easter is like an opening day of baseball when we are reminded that we have a life full of opportunities and chances to recognize the presence of the risen Jesus. And just as my friend orders his days and moods around Twins baseball, Easter is an invitation to frame our life in God’s Light.
Which reminds me, in case you are reading this and were not in church or you just want to watch it again, here is the link to see the “Frame Lighta” video. It’s on the homepage of our website, and it’s worth the 3 minutes. I’d invite you to watch it a second time; be sure to read the ribbon at the bottom. Also the guy in this film looks a little like the guy in the Spring Training Films we had a few years ago, if you ask me.
Keep the Faith,