Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods. So wrote James Joyce in Ulysses.
Apply this to baseball and you have more than “America’s favorite pastime.” You have a religious experience.
I appreciate those like John Sexton, former NYU president, who find holiness outside the traditional paths of scripture and cathedrals. Mr. Sexton has written a book, Baseball as a Road to God. Here he argues that baseball can awaken us to a contemplative dimension of life…to living in the world in a different way and to seeing more of it.
Here’s My Take: What did Jesus say to the Cubs just before he ascended into heaven? Answer: Don’t do anything until I get back.
In baseball, we find hope in the midst of defeat, release from the curses that have been placed upon us, beauty in perfectly thrown pitches or outstanding catches….
And who knows, in this game of miracles, maybe Jesus will show up as well.