Today is Opening Day! The start of the Major League Baseball season. Even though the Twins have been really, really, really bad the last two years, and aren't expected to be good this year, there is still a tiny amount of hope that they'll at least be competitive this year. There's just something about the start of a new season that inspires one to think that maybe mediocre pitchers and fielders will all have career years and an incredible string of good luck and at the same time cast all reason aside. Some may call this hope, but it's really delusion...or usually is.
Apart from our delusion, the thing that makes Opening Day great is that it is a sure sign that Spring has crept a little further along and the warmth of Summer will soon be here. Even as a few wet snow flakes fell today, seeing sunny ballparks in other parts of the country was a wonderful vision.
Our lives of faith are like opening day, we have hope, (beyond delusion) and we have this hope even when things in our lives aren't quite as sunny as we'd like. Our hope comes in the fact that regardless of our abilities, we're called to go out and play the game of love, peace, and justice for all people, and God has confidence, not delusion that we can do this. And, in our days that would seem like a proverbial rainout, God comes to us in the joy of others who have been called to play the game with us, not because of their abilities, but because of God's love.
GO TWINS!! You never know what could happen!