March Madness


Easter Sunday reminds us that with God all things are possible. God came to us in the form of a man so we could understand that God wasn’t some distant Greed god-like fixture high atop Mt. Olympus. All throughout salvation history God was preparing for Easter Sunday. Jesus walked in our steps, fully human and fully divine.

The question is what are we doing to thank God for His generosity? Are we going to study or faith more deeply, pray more, help those in need? For sports fans March is known as March Madness as basketball fans and even lukewarm college basketball fans watch the twists and turns of the tournament. It isn’t uncommon for tow total strangers at a restaurant or bar to say, “Can you believe that #2 seed lost and did you see that half court shot win the game?”

Imagine if we believers were that passionate about our faith. The problem often is that we are afraid of being dubbed a holy roller. This Easter season let us pray to discern who God wants us to approach concerning the events of Easter Sunday. Perhaps we can approach it as if we ere on a team believing in something more powerful than ourselves.

Dave Hartline is a Catholic writer, who graduated from Marion Catholic High School and Ohio University. He has also been a Catholic school teacher, coach and administrator in the Diocese of Columbus. He currently is the Stewardship and Development Director at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell. He is the author of various articles as well as two Catholic books. He is the author of an book on unreported “Good News” in the Catholic Church published by St. Benedict Press.