By Rev. Tom Alber
St. Peter Catholic Church
Spring training for Baseball is underway. I like Baseball as a sport. Spring training reminds me that spring and summer are around the corner.
One can watch baseball on TV once again. The same can be said of college basketball. One can also watch political candidates posturing for position on radio and TV. As we get closer to the election we will see many advertisements and commercials.
Sports and politics share something in common. Both activities can be critiqued and judged as having winners and losers. Sometimes sports commentators talk about being a "good sport." It is a desirable quality that wise coaches and parents promote in youth. It is a quality I wish were more present in professional sports. How often do we see a bench-clearing brawl?
When politicians stop waging a positive campaign, they resort to "attack ads" or "mudslinging."
Winning and losing make for good TV or radio. I would like to suggest that the practice of religion is not about winners and losers. It is about being forgiven and redeemed by Jesus. His Life, Death, and Resurrection were for all humankind. While on this earth we have a chance to give our "Yes" to God.
They brought before Jesus, a woman caught in the very act of adultery. His response was not to condemn or judge harshly.
"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more." (John 8:1-11).
Springtime is about new beginnings. Sometimes we are critical of our neighbors or judgmental of others. This is not the attitude of Jesus. His love is for all people. God loves us unconditionally.
Easter is just around the corner. It is a time when people flock to places of worship to celebrate Jesus' Resurrection. Share the joy and put your faith into action to help others.