This Good Friday there will be two Passion ‘plays’ proclaimed throughout the world: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John, and The Passion of Our Lauded Cricket Captain According to Us.
One just hopes that the baying mob doesn’t do to our captain what it did to the young Jewish carpenter.
Mr Smith has made a terrible mistake and must accept the consequences of his actions, but let us not crucify him.
Indeed, hopefully this second Passion ‘play’ will also have a good ending: the redemption of an inherently decent young man from a dark place.
Peter Day is a former backyard cricketer and priest from the archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.