Lessons on love from "Ted Lasso"
July 27, 2021
Dear parents and families,
Perhaps you’ve heard the latest buzz around the AppleTV original show, “Ted Lasso” starring Jason Sudeikis. I don’t consider myself a huge sports fan, so I didn’t see the point in watching it. My partner said, “Just give it a try.” It was evident within just a few minutes of the show’s pilot why the show was and is such a success: Sudeikis and the writing team created a show that portrays a truly kindhearted, caring person through the character of Ted Lasso. His “aw shucks” attitude is not a front; instead, he is sincere, loving and wants nothing but the best for his players.
Despite lacking knowledge of the mechanics of soccer, Coach Lasso has fundamental knowledge of the way people work. Lasso observes the way the players engage with each other and uses those nuggets of information to establish a stronger, more united team. He sees people for who they are at their core and seeks the good in everyone. Lasso even refers to God in the feminine form, quietly but confidently reminding his players the undeniable value of women in our society. Maybe I am biased, but I see a lot of Christ in Coach Lasso. They are both people who want to make the world just a little bit brighter through love. That is a truly remarkable thing.
Love is Lasso’s very core. Love is the core of the Christian faith. Loving one another, seeking the good in one another, finding the light of Christ in one another. The gospel for this week finds Jesus telling us one of the most important things about himself: “I am the bread of life.” Jesus is the bread of life, the ultimate sustainer, the caregiver, the supreme being which nourishes us and loves us unconditionally. In these rather turbulent times, I want you all to remember the Lasso way which parallels the Jesus way: be kind, seek the good, and love one another.