On the one hand I commend the organizers for giving opportunities for the players to practice their faith. On the other hand, there are, what, maybe five Catholic churches within two miles of Target field? The players can't "slum it" with the rest of us? They surely can afford the taxi ride.
We priests are often spread thin. I wish we could be more available to bring Mass to other populations who better merit special accommodations. How about all of those police, fire, rescue, and emergency servants who stay up all night on weekends caring for us and keeping us safe?
One summer when I was in seminary I worked doing chaplain ministry at a hospital. I was glad the hospital offered Mass for patients and staff. Some of the nurses, doctors, and other staff worked extra shifts and were so grateful for the grace and spiritual strength available to them in the Mass.
Mass attendance here at Nativity of Mary has been up for the summer. I am inspired and grateful. I can tell that for many of you it is not easy for you to get here. I also can see how much you deeply revere the Mass and long, need, and love to be here. Jesus sees that and blesses you.
Having Mass available to the Twins players hasn't borne fruit for them on the field. They're on pace to lose over 100 games and possibly have their worst season ever. Perhaps God is trying to help them to fix their sights on a greater kind of victory.
So here we go Twins, here we go. And here we go Nativity of Mary. As long as we can keep the Mass, not as part of our lives but as the heart of our lives, we can’t lose. We will know the glory.
Through your presence, prayers, and offerings here at Mass our Lord blesses and gives strength to many. He is keeping us on the pure and holy track and renewing our vision.