Final day of the Big-East men’s basketball season.
Which means that the only really important sporting event on earth will take place this week, in the Garden.
Hoyas square-off in Milwaukee this afternoon. Do I care that it’s Marquette “Senior Day?” Let them weep through it.
This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.
Saints Peter, James, and John heard these words spoken from heaven. Listen to Him. Do what He says and avoid what He prohibits. Nonetheless—even though God Himself, in no uncertain terms, told them to listen to Christ—the Apostles had a hard time obeying Him.
Is it any wonder, then, that we have a hard time bringing ourselves to obey the Son of God?
After all, it would be one thing if Christ said, “Love your friends and let your enemies go to the dogs.”
Or if He said, “Don’t worry about Judgment Day. My Father doesn’t really care how you treat other people, especially the people you don’t like.”
We might listen to Him more eagerly if He said, “Blessed are the likable, good-looking people. Blessed are those with nice cars. Blessed are you when you finally make it, and vest your retirement plan, and get nice, big, fat bank statements in the mail. Rejoice and be glad, because heaven belongs to the people with 70-inch flatscreens.”
BUT: To listen to the Son of God, Who says, “The meek will inherit the earth.”
And “The rich cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without passing through the eye of a needle.”
And “Even the pagans pray for their family and friends. You must love and pray for the people who curse you and hate you.”
To listen to this Teacher…Let’s put it this way: We do not come into the world able to do it.