“The Hebrews at Half Time” by Brian Flanagan, Fiat Ventures

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ah, football season.  Get those tailgating grills ready.   Stock up on snacks for watching the games from your couch.  Get your favorite player’s jersey out of the closet.  Football season is nostalgic for a lot of people, and so are the movies that go with it;  Rudy,  Remember the Titans,  Friday Night Lights, and  The Blindside.

Like all great sports movies, there’s usually a scene during a high-stakes game where the team is losing badly, and they head into the locker room.  A couple of players start to despair.  Another player says something to try to cheer them up, remarking how good the season was up to that moment.  Then the coach comes in.  Cue orchestra playing softly.

The coach gives a rousing speech about how the game isn’t over yet, and how he knows that somehow they’ll pull off a victory.  Cue drums.  Segue to marching band playing as the team heads back out onto the field.  And of course they score the game winning touchdown in the final seconds of play.

This week’s Second Reading comes from the Letter to the Hebrews.  It reminds me a lot of one of these half time speeches by a coach in the locker room.  The author is writing to this Christian community, who seems to be a bit discouraged.  The “coach” says, “All discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.”  You can imagine 2 or 3 players perking up a bit one by one while he’s talking.

Then the coach delivers the climactic line that sends the team back onto the field with a renewed hope and encouragement.  “So strengthen your dropping hands and your weak knees.  Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.”

Half time is a great time to look at how things are going.  And when things aren’t going well, it’s natural to be discouraged.  Sometimes the things that aren’t going well are out of our control.  But other times, we can take note of those things and work on them or try a different approach.  So how’s your passing?  How’s your defensive line doing?  Does everyone know their roles in each play? 

How about temptations?  What situations keep leading you into sin?  In what situations do you need to trust more in God and less in yourself?  Where do you need the support of your teammates in living out your faith?

Answer those questions, hear the encouraging words from the author of Hebrews to “strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees”, and get back out on the field and let’s win one for the Lord!

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