This Sunday afternoon will mark the 47th Super Bowl football game in the United States. Although not strongly supporting a particular team, I have a particular fondness for football-it is a great game for family gatherings and catching up, there are often clever commercials that keep us talking for weeks and the game is a neat exercise of skill and strategy.
Football is also an indirect contributor to my priesthood. The long story made short is that I only really started opening up to priesthood when I saw a football helmet on a priest's shelf -giving me pause to reconsider my impressions of priests! It opened the conversation, and ultimately my heart, to hearing God's call.
Because of sin, attractions always pose a danger of becoming a primary focus in our lives. Entertainment, like any worldly pleasures and objects can all vie for what is truly God's place. We do well to discern if anything that is not God has taken His rightful place in our hearts.
At the same time, we keep in mind that all things were created for the glory of God. Even football can glorify God. In sharing these earthly joys, we also have an opportunity to share eternal joys. Inviting visitors for the game to morning mass, a prayer before enjoying the pregame snacks, a conversation discussing Tebowing - we have ample opportunity to evangelize!
No doubt many of us will be mention football here and there after Mass before going home. Let's be sure that when we get home, we mention Christ here and there during the game!
Your brother in Christ,
P.S. There's more information in the insert in the bulletin, but I can't fail to also thank you here for the amazing outpouring in response to my appeal last week for new committee members and volunteers. Between our two parishes, over 100 people responded! Your generosity is humbling and wonderful to receive - thank you.
P.P.S. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament last Sunday had a wonderful turnout. Moreover, I was overjoyed to receive a steady stream of folks for confession for two full hours! Given such a great response, we will be setting aside Sunday, February 24, with confession available throughout (after the noon Mass, with evening prayer at 4:40 PM followed by benediction).