As we come to the end of September one thing comes to mind: OCTOBER. Or to be more exact, October baseball. The race for October is down to about eight teams for the six remaining playoff spots. Even if your favorite team did not do so well this year and has been out of it for some time (sorry, Twins), the end of the year playoff race is still enjoyable as we see who’ll cross over to the side of baseball immortality and into October. Who will come up with the big hits? What team will get hot at the right time? What young pitcher will take that next step to being an ace? What crafty veteran will catch lightning in a bottle (remember Jeff Weaver and Jeff Suppan in 2006)?
The end of September, the battle for October, is an exciting time if you are a baseball fan. It’s also a great metaphor for our spiritual lives.
In our lives of faith, we are either moving ahead in the standings (in God’s grace) or we are falling back (sin, vice, bad habits, complacency, etc.). We are called, as the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, to “rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Heb 12:1-2a).
So, as we watch the end of the season playoff races, may it remind us of the race we are called to run. Let us, indeed, keep our eyes on Jesus, inspired by these intense, end-of-the-year playoff races. May they remind us to take some time in prayer and reflection, examining our conscience and cooperate with His grace, ridding ourselves of every sin that clings to us. That way we too will finish the race on the Lord’s team and in first place.
Stay tuned for mine and Brother Patrick’s October playoff predictions.
Enjoy the end of the season. I know I always do.