Tonight I watched two Catholic high schools play a baseball game. And mid way through the game one of the boys from our team was ejected from the game. Not for fighting. Not for cursing at the umpire or even arguing with the umpire. Not for taunting or excessive celebration. Not for reckless or injurious play. He was ejected for wearing a cross on a chain around his neck. Now , yes there is a rule against wearing any jewelry and so yes, he was in violation. And in some sports a necklace can be dangerous — but in baseball? When both teams are from Catholic high schools? It warmed my heart to see this 15 year old proudly wearing the cross.
Fittingly, tonight the Bible opened to Romans:
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. For the scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
“For, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Tonight on the baseball field, a high school teenager confessed that Jesus is Lord.
Help me to spread your good news! Help me to spread it not just on an anonymous internet page but in my every day life. I know that you can save me. I believe that you will raise me up. I know that righteousness comes from faith and your grace. Only you can save me. You are my hope and my salvation.
Jesus is Lord!