“You gotta believe!!!” Tug McGraw, New York Mets
I was 14 in 1973, living in Hackensack, NJ (yes, the city after which Hackensack, MN is named). It was typical for all of the neighborhood to be convened in Jennifer Moses’ backyard, which was almost a perfect square and fantastic for kickball.
One of the things I remember about that summer was the constant flood of whoops and occasional laments of despair coming out of the family room window, under which the television sat and which faced out over where we were playing. Her dad, Mr. Moses (no first names for adults in our generation!) would be regularly howling or cheering as his beloved Mets headed for what one sports writer described as “this most unlikeliest of pennants” — the National League East Division Championship.
Tug McGraw, their pitcher, coined the phrase “you gotta believe” that year, and it has lingered with the Mets to this day.
Do you gotta believe? If you gotta, what exactly is it you gotta? We’re contemporary people: On what basis do you gotta? Hard facts? Reliable witnesses? Intuition? Faith? Where’s the “gotta” line, anyway? Somewhere between coulda, shoulda and oughta?
This Sunday, we reacquaint ourselves with the Thomas the Apostle. I’ve always felt like he gets a bum rap. We don’t call Peter “impulse-control-issue Peter” or Mark “naked-scardey-cat Mark” or Martha “whiny-control-freak Martha,” but we do call Thomas “doubting.” So much so that the accusation “don’t be a doubting Thomas” transcends Christianity and is an English idiom.
But I’m grateful to Thomas rather than critical — he stands in for all of us who are not first-hand witnesses to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, people who need to ground our belief in something more than a personal, fleshly encounter with the risen Lord.
More on that Sunday. Hope to see you! Mass is at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. And go Twins! (You gotta believe.)
In Easter Joy,
An Ecumenical Catholic Community
cháris Χάρις khar’ece
Our name means grace, good will, loving-kindness, favor; of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.
Mark your calendar!
Celtic Spirituality class returns this Saturday, April 27th. Four more Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.. We’ll pick back up with Chapter 3 of Anam Cara by John O’Dohohue. Free will offering. Pay what, and if, you can afford. Each session stands on its own. Come for one or all!
The Universal Christ We will be watching the Universal Christ Conference from Richard Rohr OFM and the Center for Action and Contemplation for three consecutive Sundays after the morning mass. May 5th, 11:15 will be the first gathering. All are welcome.
Holy Chair Yoga: Join Sally Larson and others in this deeply peaceful way to love and stretch your body, all while centering yourself in the divine. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Free will offering. $20 suggested.
Silent Prayer and Meditation Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. Bring any practice of silence or prayer.
For a calendar of all activities at our home, visit http://www.chariscenter.org.