Sitting Courtside – Good News for July 29

29 07 2009

Psalms 84:3-6, 8-11

My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young– Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God!

Blessed they who dwell in your house! continually they praise you. Blessed the men whose strength you are! They go from strength to strength.

I had rather one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

The Daily Path: People pay many thousands of dollars to sit courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. Hollywood celebrities like Jack Nicholson have held the rights to these seats for many years. Sitting next to the court where the best in the world ply their trade bring these people greater prestige and the ability to be ultra close to something they love. It’s part of human nature to bask in the presence of perceived greatness.

Why then do most of us fail to exert the same effort to be close to God?

The marquee professional teams sell out every game charging ticket prices that amount to a year’s wages for many. But go to daily Mass and you could probably play basketball in the empty pews of the church… even though there is no charge to sit with The Greatest of all.

The Lakers offer fleeting pleasure. God offers an eternity greater than a fraction of a second of the best moment in our entire human existence.

But all too often we forget this. Sadly, some don’t even realize the existence of the best game in town.

Room to Chat: I had rather one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

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