This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray.
It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.
Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
–Terence Mann played by James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams
There is something beautiful about Opening Day.
Every team in baseball is in first place. TheÂ same 162 games lie beforeÂ each of them. Last year’s results are a distant memory. Everything is new, and right, and possible.Â IfÂ the starters stay healthy… If the bullpen doesn’t have to be overused… If that rookie plays up to his potential and that veteran we traded for hasÂ one more good year in him… If things fall just right… this year is our year.
On Opening Day, there is hope and renewal.
Money they have and peace they lack
In his beautiful baritone James Earl Jones as Terence Mann in Field of DreamsÂ gives voice to this hope.
There is a line in his monologue thatÂ speaks to me in new ways on April 2, 2017.
Mann tells Kinsella that those who will come, will beÂ willing to pay to have a look around.Â “They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it,” he says, “for it is money they have and peace they lack.”
Reading my social media feeds, I am convinced that peace is in short supply these days. Many of us are anxious, angry, and agitated. We need hope. We long for renewal.
I love baseball. I’m hopeful my Mets will be playing meaningful games long into the fall. If everything falls right, this year will be our year. As we Mets fans say, “Ya gotta believe.”
But I’m not naive. It’s just a game.
As a Christian, however, I believe that hope is real.Â I hold onto the hope that God is making all things new—me, you, and the world around us. In that hope, I knowÂ that God is calling us to participate in his renewal project, not just to buy a seat along the baseline and watch. For it is in participating in God’s renewal ofÂ the world that weÂ find peace.
On Opening Day, baseball reminds me of “all that once was good and could be again,” on and off the diamond.
So, play ball!
And let’s go Mets!