Now before someone tells me that “ain’t” ain’t a word, please note that it’s in quotations. So, I didn’t say it, Yogi Berra did.
Berra was a famous baseball player and manager. He is a member of the Hall of Fame and
appeared in 21 World Series. Today, he
is perhaps best known for twisting the English language in ways that simply
cause us to shake our head and mutter something about needing a nap. Yogi Berra was the guy who first
uttered the logical, “It ain't over till it's over.” He also said
the proverbial, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
I should say that he is reported to have said these
things because he also said, “I never said most of the things I said.” But good authority says that Yogi Berra did
say, “You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you
might not get there."
I heard a comedian say that, as he gets older, he’s
started asking himself the question, “why am I here?” But not in some sort of
philosophical or religious way, “I’m just in the basement and I’m wondering why
am I here.”
We all know the feeling of not knowing why we’re here or
where we’re going. So, today’s Gospel lesson has an important message for us,
uttered not by Yogi
Berra but by Jesus, you can’t serve two
masters. Obviously, no one can serve two
masters. We still have to live in the
world and in all our doings Jesus is reminding us to whom we really belong – we
are the Lord’s.
All that’s being asked of us is that whatever
fork we take in the road, be devoted to God.
It matters that we be careful to know where we’re going and to invite
others along the way. Next Sunday is
Back To Church Sunday and it is a wonderful way of reminding ourselves to be
not just a welcoming community but also an inviting community. Next Sunday (Sept.25) invite someone to come
to church with you.