Something wonderful happens in Albuquerque at the end of February: UNM Lobos baseball begins. There’s nothing like sitting in the sun, cheering on the home team, with the Sandia Mountains in the background.
With all of that sun and relaxation, however, there’s a risk: somewhere between the fifth and seventh innings it’s pretty hard to stay focused. In a major-league ballpark, this wouldn’t matter so much, but at Lobo Field it’s really important. It’s a modest stadium. Last year, fans were thrilled that real bathrooms replaced the port-a-potties. Needless to say, if a foul ball comes screaming over the dugout, you’d better be alert.
Thankfully, baseball fans have each other’s backs. It’s an unwritten rule that everyone who has resisted a siesta is ready to shout, “Heads up!” These two words have saved many a trip to the E.R. They’re a gift of grace for fans like me. Lent can be quite similar…
We’ve reached the midpoint of Lent, and now is the time you may notice your attention waning. I can relate. The burst of energy at the beginning, along with the resolve to observe the season with gusto, may be giving way to fatigue.
This Sunday, Jesus aims to wake us up! We’ll hear him, in Mark 12:28-44, proclaim the greatest commandments. He begins the wake-up call with the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:5-6), the cornerstone faith statement of God’s people. It thunders with the pronouncement, “Hear, O Israel!” If Jesus were to state this today, he might begin, “Heads up!” Lent isn’t over, and neither is the Good News God has for us in Jesus Christ.
So this Sunday, have your coffee and come ready for Jesus! Dozing off may not put you in the E.R., but trust me, you don’t want to miss this…
See you Sunday!