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Death of a Footballer

This time yesterday, the Mhinisteir called out to me informing me of the death of the famous Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona. I wasn’t totally surprised by the news but I was greatly saddened and still am.

I do enjoy good football especially the World Cup and yes, I do know the offside rule! People are usually stunned when I tell them that I enjoy watching a good game of football. Apparently I don’t have “that face”. I didn’t know you had to belong to a certain socio economic group to enjoy football. My father who is now an old man is a big football fan and a bigger Maradona fan.

I am saddened that for someone so gifted, Maradona’s life was full of trouble till the end. As a Christian, my mind always wonders to spiritual things……I can never forget his “hand of God” goal. What made him say that?

Every Sunday, we recite the Eucharistic Acclamation which is “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. It is for this reason that we Christians celebrate Christmas for without the birth of Christ, there is no hope. Because of Christ even the worst sinner has got hope.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory!