Tuesday, February 16, 2010

10 Ways in Which the 2010 Winter Olympics is Like Ash Wednesday

That is, 10 ways beyond the obvious fact that the 2010 Olympic logo looks like a multi-colored cross.

  1. It starts with a fire. Fires produce ash!

  2. Canada has always struck me as a good place to do penance.

  3. You can sing "Mountain of God" going up the ski lift.

  4. When you're an athlete, you don't get to eat what you want. You give it up, right? Get it?

  5. ...All the potential in downhill skiing to craft metaphors reflecting about your slide from the summit with God!

  6. ...not to mention the edifying mention and fear of "the Fall" in the figure skating competitions.

  7. "Today is a very appropriate time...." Just do it, now. The race is today.

  8. History matters. You didn't get to today out of nowhere; it's been a journey. Remember that.

  9. Kinda slushy up in Vancouver, like your life.

  10. The agony of defeat...video-captured and examined.

One way in which the Winter Olympics is NOT like Ash Wednesday:

  1. When you repent and trust in God, you always get the gold.


p.s. be sure to vote in the poll at left: which Olympic sport is most like Lent?


Shark Bait said...

I like your NOT list. :-)

I also like what you've done with the header. I'm just saying.

CMinor said...

I caught a bit of the biathlon Saturday and, given the driving sleet and low visibility in which the participants were operating, it looked like an occasion of penitence to me.

Hence, I'm checking the biathlon box. Though on a clear sunny day my answer would be something normally more grueling.

SherryTex said...

You left out listening to Bob Costa's interviews and filler; man if that isn't pennance I don't know what is.