Final Four challenge

As anyone who has ever watched a post-game interview knows, God takes a rooting interest in the outcome of American sporting events. So here are the questions: Who does God want to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship--Butler, Duke, Michigan State or West Virginia? Why?

Answer in the comments. The best answers will be published. Actually, all answers will be published.

Comments (10)

West Virginia - because God wants me to have a little crumb of pride in my picks after the complete disaster of my bracket. As Leia says in Star Wars: West Virginia - you're my only hope.

Jesus wants Butler to win. He loves their team unity, faith in each other, and their coachability, for the meek shall inherit the earth.

God the Father's always pointing out that Butler's the only school in the country with two Academic All-Americans, though he merely suggests that was all his doing.

Basketball-rich Michigan State is studying how to push a camel through the eye of a needle, but Duke is clearly the blue devil's team.

The Holy Spirit says Baylor's story of redemption is inspiring, but Jesus and the Father hoot her down 'cause she's only a girl. GO DAWGS!

Butler. Hoosiers redivivus. But would leave me with even more mixed feelings about Todd Lickliter.

Maybe the Knicks should just bring in the UConn women to play out their season for them. (Ouch!)

See Matthew 25:29, "For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away."

I have parishioners currently enrolled at Michigan State, Butler, and Baylor, and am prepared to offer appropriate pastoral care in their time of loss, grief, and shame.

See photo of Transfiguration, Palos Park. Let's go Duke!

The Rev. Lane G. Hensley
Duke '87

God favors Michigan State for cohesiveness, Butler because they're underdogs, Duke for their faith, and West Virginia because of it's appeal to the poor. In the end, God, wants us to put our differences aside and love one another. Nothing else matters.

Oh, Matthew, Matthew, Matthew, what a sweet and timely thought. Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb ahead of Maundy Thursday, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." (John 13:34).

Look to your namesake gospel, though: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." * (Matthew 10:34)

*Some sources add "and a good free throw average."

Clearly, Jesus intends Duke to crush its competition, but in a loving, kind way. "What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Or, as we'll pray the night of the Great Vigil of Easter and the NCAA semi-finals, "How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight ... when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God." (Exsultet, BCP p. 287)

Let's go Duke!

But can anyone beat the UConn women?

Oh Lane, clergy shouldn't have to think this hard on our day off. But, the only scripture we Kansas fans are quoting this holy week is Ps. 22:1: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me."

Michigan State (Preferential option for the poor).

JC Fisher, resident Albion MI.

As a Christian I don't believe God plays favorites. But as a West Virginian, aware of the way my long-suffering state has been exploited, ignored, and/or ridiculed, I would hope that the promise of Christ that the last shall be first holds true on this occasion.

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