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Michael’s mistake on court was not only an intercepted pass, but more importantly his failure to hustle back down court, allowing an easy basket in a tight game. Our Coach jumped up and immediately called a timeout. Michael steeled himself for the expected lecture, but had decided it was worth it.

As the coach prepared to instruct his charges a player from the other team came running into the huddle. He was pointing at Michael and screaming “he’s got my dollar!”. Now it all became clear. Michael did not hustle down court because he saw the dollar drop and decided to pick it up. Our coach told Michael to give the player his dollar back, looked directly at him and sadly stated that he had chosen a dollar over his team. Coach reemphasized “there is no letter “I” in the word team” and repeated his mantra that the letters of the word “team” mean, “together each accomplishes more”.

We can sometimes believe that our faith is between God and us. We would be completely wrong. Jesus established His Church, the people of God, so that we would always have the help of our sisters and brothers in deepening our faith and bringing us to heaven. We are a community of believers, not solo practitioners of a set of beliefs. Our team nourishes us and we contribute to their faith. What we have received from God is what our team needs us to share with them.

Are you helping the team or chasing after falling dollars?