Modern culture continues to be smitten with modern “heroes,” often idolizing individuals for their on-field exploits to the point of wearing jerseys sporting their favorite player’s number to Sunday Mass.

But placing the overrated and often undeserving moniker on a person just because he can thread a defense with a perfect spiral, hit a breaking ball that paralyzes others or write popular if not downright vulgar lyrics to a rap song is doing our real heroes a disservice.

Those heroes are many, such as the four St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff deputies who recently rescued a woman from a burning car. If not for their actions, within minutes she would have died a painful death. Ask her to define hero, and her answer likely would not involve a sports hero or rock star.

Holy Week and the Easter celebration is a reminder of the true “hero” in our lives. Impressive statistics or music videos did not define his accomplishments. He was not necessarily quick with a one-liner, although his every word never lacked wisdom.

In his day, long before the 24/7 news cycle and electronic devices consumed our lives, he made headlines not because he was a lauded athlete or musician but because he stoked the consciousness of all through his message of social justice, feeding the poor and most important the promise of eternal salvation. Those same messages remain relevant and are just as controversial 2,000 years later.

In the end, he died not in grandeur but mercilessly nailed to a tree, each spilled drop of blood representing his victory over sin and a scarlet prelude to his resurrection.

As we continue our Lenten sacrifices and the march toward Easter, let’s remember the one true “hero,” the one without sin, that being our Lord and savior. He is the one deserving of our adulation and hero worship.

Happy Easter!