I recently had the opportunity to learn from John Kruk, a former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player and now TV analysts, that really good hitters focus on balls pitched into their “happy zone”, which is only a portion of the strike zone. Not only do good hitters allow balls outside the strike zone to fly by, they also allow some strikes to fly by as well.
Sometime people of faith try to do too much, we try to hit everything that comes our way. In the twelth chapter of Romans, St. Paul offers some good advice, quoting Deuteronomy 32:35, he writes:
Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
We need not concern ourselves with revenge. Rather we ten can focus more completely on “love one another”,
on “live in harmony”,
on “if our enemies are hungry, we are to feed them”,
on “if our enemies are thirsty, we are to give them something to drink”.
St. Paul writes that we are to “overcome evil with good.”
These tasks are difficult enough. As we walk that path with Jesus
we are good news,
we are gospel,
we are light in the darkness.