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A young professional woman from Ohio decided to seek her fortune, discern her vocation, and potentially change her life for the better by moving to England. She relocated to London where she began to pursue an advanced degree and sought new opportunities in the work world.

One of the things she took with her from the Midwest was an insatiable love for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. She followed the games on the internet, listening to the live feed. 

The problem with this arrangement was that, when the games began, often around seven or eight o’clock in the evening in the United States, it was one or two o’clock the following morning in London. That made for a very late — or early — bedtime.

In 2016 when the Cubs were on the cusp of winning the World Series, she eagerly tuned in to listen to the seven games of the World Series. She’d been listening to every Cubs game that year, all broadcast in what was the middle of the night in London. 

But after tuning in to the 7th game of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the inevitable happened. She fell asleep and awoke only in time to hear the post-game wrap-up. The Cubs had won the World Series. But she had missed all the excitement by falling asleep.

On her Facebook account she lamented, “I’ve waited years for a moment like this, and of course I slept through it!”

Is there a moral to this story? One might be: Try to get more sleep. Another might be: Try to order your affairs in such a way that you will be alert when events transpire that you believe to be of critical importance to you.

In this young woman’s defense, once the World Series began, she stayed awake for every game. Her comment was, “True Cubs fans never give up.” And, in demonstration of her commitment to her favorite team, she remained faithful, but fell asleep and missed all the excitement of the 7th game. 

In last Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 13:33-37) Jesus says, “Be watchful! Be alert!” Events are happening in your life and in mine that are much more important than World Series games and Super Bowls. 

God is speaking to us all the time,  but how many of us aren’t listening because God’s voice doesn’t sound the way we want it to.

Thanks to Andrea Piacquadio for the picture.

When was the last time YOU listened and heard God speaking to YOU?


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