Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

So since I missed posting yesterday I am posting today.
I came across this article the other day while just reading through some random news articles. The article in a nutshell, if you don’t want to go read it or watch the video, is about a baseball player who, back in 2005, made his major league debut pinch-hitting in the 9th inning of a game for the Chicago Cubs. The first pitch of the at-bat he was hit by a pitch. In the head. He has not played in the Majors since. His name is Adam Greenberg.

I think this story is important because it shows us two things. One, it shows us how quickly our lives can change with one simple event. In a split second something so far from expected can take away what we love, in Adam case it was baseball. But through perseverance he was able to over come what had happened.
And that brings me to the single thing the story shows us. It is a story of over coming odds. Things are gonna happen that we don’t expect or that we don’t want to happen whether they be small or big, but if we keep working we can get to the place that we want to be.

I truly think this is an amazing story. As the article says Greenberg will play in the Marlins game on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd against the Met’s. According to the Marlins schedule on ESPN.com the game will not be televised but regardless I think this game is still a big moment in sports as a whole and most definitely in Adam Greenburg’s life and he deserves the support.

Gangnam What?

Being in a college setting almost all the time I pick up on a lot of the “main stream” media that is going on in the world. One of those things that has recently hit was the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. You probably have heard of the song before, if not here it is. (Gangnam Style) Here are my thoughts on the…song.

Initially I will admit that the rhythm and beat of the song isn’t bad. It is rather catchy and it does fit well into the American style of electronic style music. But in all honesty who knows what Psy is really even saying in his lyrics? I’m not calling him out and saying he doesn’t have good lyrics or that they don’t make sense. I’m just saying that to an American, mostly English-speaking audience here in America, we don’t know what he is saying because we don’t speak Korean. It is as simple as that. Yes we have translations of the song on the internet everywhere, but there is usually a lot of meaning in words that gets lost in translation. I’m still not totally sure how the song became SO popular. I would understand if the song had its few weeks of fame and then died out, but the popularity continues. It’s crazy!

One thing that I would love to find out is if the people who listen to the song all the time know what it is about and know the message. I have only heard the song a few times, as I’m not hooked, but I managed to also find this article explaining a little about the meaning behind the song. The article takes about comparing Gangnam, a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, to American areas such as Beverly Hills, which yeah is a high-class area, but is always surrounded by some sort of drama one way or another. I personally don’t think living in either of the areas would be that fun or enjoyable.

Well, anyways, these are just my thoughts. I don’t know everything about the song. I just did a little research about it once I heard it the other day and thought I’d put my ideas out there.

This Just In

When Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith showed up Sunday night for the game against the Patriots, he had a lot more on his mind than the AFC championship rematch so many fans were waiting to see.

Smith had barely slept and wasn’t even sure if he would play. He had driven home to Virginia after learning hours earlier his younger brother Tevin had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Shortly before grabbing an hour of sleep, at around 5:30 a.m., he tweeted about how much his brother meant to him.

An hour later, as tributes to his brother were pouring in, Smith posted a picture of the two of them together, saying, “I can’t say a bad thing about him… proud to have him as a brother. …”

At 4:30 p.m. Sunday, he finally made the decision he would play  in honor of his brother.

“It was tough emotionally. I didn’t…

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Our Search for Greatness and Descent to Humility

This week I want to just give some of my thoughts on the gospel of Mark. They are my thoughts and so they aren’t all going to be right and if you want to chime in on something I say feel free, just leave a comment.

Glory to you Oh Lord,

They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:30-37)

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

The passage above is the Gospel reading today about Jesus walking with the Twelve (The Apostles) to Capernaum. As the walked Jesus tells the Twelve about his “prediction” of his death for a second time. Yet upon hearing this for a second time they still didn’t seem to understand what Jesus was telling them yet Mark includes the fact that they were afraid to ask Jesus what he meant. I believe that is to show that maybe the Twelve did have at least some understanding of what Jesus was preaching to them and just didn’t want to believe it to be true. The news strikes great fear into the disciples and leads them to argue amongst themselves about who is the “greatest” of them. The “greatest” in my opinion mean who is the best Christian. (Although at this time there was no existence of Christianity. So I guess you could say they were arguing over who was the holiest.) They had turned their faith and religious life into a competition, something we see so much in today’s world with just about everything (work, sports, opinions, fame, popularity, and sometimes even our faith). I constantly find myself thinking “all I have to do is be better than this person,” or “I just need to make my work look better than theirs and I’ll get the better great.” It’s something that I constantly find myself falling into.

Jesus then sits the Twelve down (notice he does this rather than getting angry at them) and tells them, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark (9:35). I personally like this phrase from Matthew better, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:16), but they both mean the same thing. This is Jesus’ test to the Twelve to humble themselves and our test as well. The example that Jesus uses for this situation is that of a child. At Mass today the pastor at the parish I attend explained the example this way, a child is fully dependent on their elders (parents), they need parents for food, shelter, love, education (all the basic necessities of life), but most importantly, and the key part to why Jesus used this example, is that children have no way to repay those who care for them and raise them.

What I am Blogging About

Well I figured I should let you guys all know what I’ll be blogging about. As of now my plan is to have roughly 3 posts a week. (That may change as time goes on). I’m looking at posting something every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday as those are the days I have the most time off. If school work gets more rigorous and time-consuming I’ll probably just knock it down to either Tuesday or Thursday.

My plans for Sundays are to have some sort of reflection on Mass from that day, whether it be about the readings, the specific feast day, or something else in the religious sphere of things.

My plans for during the week (Tues., Thurs.) is to just post about whatever I find interesting, or about something that happens to me throughout the week that I want to reflect on or that I feel would be a good life lesson for both myself and possibly others.

Why the Blog?

Hello all. I just had the urge to start this blog because, honestly, I just have too much time on my hands and not enough things to do with it. I also wanted to start the blog because I truly believe it will be beneficial for me to be able to express my thoughts and what I do throughout my week. I also do hope that what I post will be helpful and/or interesting to those of you reading this. I also want to be able to talk about and post interesting articles to people reading this so I would love to receive requests on things to write about. It can be any topic.
The types of articles that I will be initially posting will mostly be updates on things that I am doing in life (hopefully posting on a weekly basis), as well as popular news topics and what my position is on the subjects. I will most likely be putting somewhat of a moral twist on the things I write about, and as I do hope none of the things I say offend people I can not promise that it won’t as I am not one to change my opinion simply based on how someone feels about the topics. But on top of this if you have a counter opinion on something I write I will welcome it in the comments and will get to replying to it as soon as I can. Post with respect.
For now I am going to collect my thoughts and hopefully have a post up by the end of this weekend.

Happy Reading!