March Madness

I am enjoying March Madness – that is, the NCAA basketball tournament. However, as we Christians approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week there is a March Madness of a different order. Jesus enters Jerusalem humbly, but is extolled as the one who comes in the name of the Lord. The liturgy then moves quickly to the trial of Jesus and one of the most dramatic and unfair trials ever held. It all happened in the Jewish month of Nisan – late March or early April. As our Lord gives himself for the sins of the world one of Sunday’s readings – the one from Philippians 2 – presents Jesus as the One who had everything and gave it up for a criminal’s death – March madness indeed. Yet, it is out of that week of madness that Jesus brings us the kind of sanity that the world needs.