For lo these many weeks of Lent I have attempted to practice a good Lent. For the most part, it has been successful and deeply satisfying experience. But it must be said that the contemplative, reflective nature of Lent is particularly difficult during March Madness.
For one thing, homilies calling for charity remind of the “charity line” in basketball. Hope-another blessed virtue-is the stuff of collegiate basketball at this time of year as well-although the object of the virtue and the game are significantly different to be sure. Faith, as scripture recounts, is the assurance of things hoped for but unseen-need I say more?
As we entered Holy Week I couldn’t help but offer up an intercessory prayer on Palm Sunday for my beloved, underdog Kansas University Jayhawks. Tonight’s final game promises to be quite a passionate affair. However, after we win, I will enter ever more deeply into this wonderfully sacred week. If we lose, all the more evidence that Satan is alive and well.
All in all, I am a blessed man.