Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Parish history is fascinating. Some of you know a bit of our own parish history, and for those who don’t, here is a little snapshot. In the spring of 1955, the first bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Bishop Lawrence Sheehan, went searching for land on which to build a new parish. He found 13 acres on Brookside Drive in Fairfield and purchased it from a man named Walter O’Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two years later, Mr. O’Malley would move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn and to Los Angeles, CA. I hope and pray that the sale of his property in Fairfield was not a portent of things to come, as I would hate to see our parish associated with such a painful franchise move. That said, if not for the move, my favorite team in all sports, the New York Mets, would never have come into existence.
Why bring up this history? With the Dodgers in the World Series, it only makes sense! Should we, as a parish, root for them? I will make no dogmatic statement. A case could easily be made that we should root for the Astros who, with their celestial name, it could be argued, are a better tool for focusing our attention on the eschatological and our hope for heaven. No matter.
At the end of the day, sports have a place, but they can never fully measure what God has planned for us. The great commandment above all others is that we love the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and being. Have we put God first in everything? Do we love Him and our neighbor as ourselves? Do we love our team, hobby, possessions, etc. more? Enjoy sports. Enjoy the good things you have and the people whom you love most. And at the same time, give God his proper place in your heart, so that all your love, joy, hope, and strength flows from that primary relationship with the God who created you and holds you in His loving hands.
Prediction: Dodgers win it all in six games.