When most people think of Lent, it has to do with giving up something such as chocolate or diet coke. This year at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, we are taking a different, slightly weird approach.
The whole point of Lent is to take an honest look at who you are and how you live compared to how God desires you to live. By looking into the lives of the saints who have gone before us, we can see the impact God can have if we allow him that opportunity.
This year St. Luke’s is participating in something called Lent Madness. Begun in 2010 by two Episcopal priests, it is based on the NCAA’s March Madness tournament. The concept is to remind people, especially as Christians, that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and our generation. Lent Madness has 32 saints paired against each other in a single elimination bracket. The voting began Thursday, March 6. Each day people can log onto the website at www.lentmadness.org and vote for their saint of the day. The saint getting the most votes moves onto the next bracket. This continues until finally one saint wins the Golden Halo in about six weeks.
At St. Luke’s, we upped the ante; anyone was welcome to fill out a bracket by Ash Wednesday (March 5) along with a $5 donation. Those brackets will be scored throughout Lent, and the winner gets to designate to which Outreach Ministry the collected money will go. It is a win-win. Not only are individuals learning about the saints who formed much of our faith, they are also reminded of the many needs outside the walls of the church that we help through our Outreach Ministries. One parishioner completed his Lent Madness brackets, and now I will have to listen to cheering for the University of Louisville (his home town), and Saint Basil the Great until Easter. So come to St. Luke’s on Forest Avenue and listen to the noise.