My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Today is Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday. Christians today commemorate the day Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem for Passover and begin Holy Week, culminating in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord.

The responsorial psalm in Catholic Masses today was from Psalm 22 – A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise. The Psalm opens up with the line “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”. That same line is spoken by Jesus on the cross right before He dies.

Few verses in the Bible are as powerful and relevant to us as this one. How many times in our lives do we feel as if no one, not even God, is with us? Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke of times in which she even doubted God’s existence. Hearing the psalm today at Mass made me reflect on all those who suffer oppression of all kinds and types and how these people manage to persevere in their faith despite all odds.

I thought of people like the Damas de Blanco, whose faith is unfettered by the oppression they face on a daily basis; unfettered by doubts and fears for their lives; unfettered by failure and disappointment from their own Church leaders; whose hope lies not in man but in the Lord. Christ’s Passion is lived by all of us in the daily course of our lives, but it’s those that despite these circumstances tell of God’s name to their brethren and “in the midst of the assembly” praise the Lord (Ps 22:22) who will be heard and justly rewarded.

Marlins Park a Beauty

As I write this, the Miami (does that sound good or what?) Marlins are playing their first major league game in Marlins Park (an exhibition) against the New York Yankees.

I had the pleasure of attending one of their earlier exhibitions at the new ballpark vs. FIU. It’s a beautiful, impressive facility. A real ballpark, which for us Marlins fans who attended many a wet, hot, stormy game at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/SunLife Stadium, is a breath of fresh, air-conditioned air. I am always excited about baseball season, but this year is a little different. New stadium with beautiful sights and experiences and a team which promises to be competitive all the way to the end.

The view of downtown Miami through the left field glass windows is great, just like the view from the west end zone of the Orange Bowl.

As far as the ballpark itself, I particularly love the “promenade level”, which is basically a concourse that runs all the way around the ballpark where one can view the action from different vantage points while taking a stroll, or even while at a concession waiting to grab some food and drinks. Speaking of food and drink, I am really looking forward to the Taste of Miami food court with Cuban food and seafood featured. I also look forward to the concession stand that will feature food from the opposing team’s city. Great idea.

Yes, the parking will be difficult and it will take a while for people to figure it out. The Marlins for their part have done a good job of announcing the availability of surface parking lots accommodating several thousand vehicles within 2 miles of the stadium, as well as transportation taking people from the surface lots to the ballpark. The way I see it is this: people will have to plan on leaving a little early and not do the typical Miami wait-until-the-last-minute thing and expect to get there in time. Once everyone, from fans to police to Marlins staff, gets used to the traffic patterns and the parking options, it will work out OK even if it’s not ideal.

When was the last time Marlins fans complained about finding parking and dealing with crowds?!

Play Ball!!


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