"Speak the truth in love," and "see that none of you repays evil for evil," exhorts St. Paul. Which is easier said than done.
Season after Pentecost | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 (Psalm 78:23-29); Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a (Psalm 51:1-12)
There are lots of ways to talk about the relationship between sports and religion. The opening scene of Bull Durham comes to mind. As does the cultic quality of America’s obsession with football. Sport as the center of personal and communal piety has a long history in many cultures, with the U.S. perhaps—to keep the competition motif alive here—winning the prize for the world’s most zealous devotees of the faith.