The Pledge

Mr. James Foran, retired Director of Religious Education
Saint Joseph the Worker Parish

 In the greater Williamsport area, we note a wonderful mix of individuals from many diverse backgrounds from around the globe who find either a permanent or temporary home in our community. During our Little League week, it is so heartwarming to see such a spirit of joy, unity, and good sportsmanship among players, coaches, and so many visitors. People from our community should be commended for their outpouring of welcome to so many visitors in so many ways.

What does our Bible say about unity? Psalm 133:1 states, “how good…it is when God’s people live together in unity!” St. Paul, in the letter to the Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

Unfortunately, at times more and more, we seem to have a lack of respect for someone who has a different opinion and feels strongly. Recently someone spoke about a meeting he attended and the lack of civility and basic respect to a fellow human being.

In a meaningful way, United Churches of Lycoming County attempts to be an organization that strives to “live the Gospel message.” Yes, we can come from many backgrounds with different understandings, but are we not called to “love one another, since love comes from God,” as Saint John states so beautifully (1 John 4:7)?

Romans 12:16 states, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” In a time of strife on so many levels within the nation and around the globe, perhaps we can attempt “to do our bit.”

Long after this year’s Little League Championship team has been declared and people have returned to their own countries and communities, it may be good for all of us to be mindful of The Little League Pledge.

The Pledge reads: “I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best.”