Friday, November 3, 2017

The Sacrifice Fly

On November 3, 1953, the rules committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939.

The thinking behind the rule is that with a man on third base and fewer than two outs, a batter will intentionally try to hit a fly ball, usually into the outfield, sacrificing his time at bat to help score a run.

Our faith life is a lot like baseball because, like our spiritual life, it is all about getting home. Even though we start at home plate, we don’t get to stay there. We run the bases, live our life, and sometimes find ourselves striking out, or stranded on third. When we’re stranded on third, we might get lucky; someone just might sacrifice for us to get home. Someone might give up their chance at that moment to advance towards home so we might get there first. It is the unique gift of Jesus that he offers a one-on-one sacrifice for each of us as an invitation and an example, saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Batter up!

Taken from Beryl Schewe in "Balance and Integration, Holidays, Sacrifice" at

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