Everything was big at the Super Bowl. The ads, the half time show, the betting, the glitz that goes with the word “super.”
There was a counter wisdom in the Feast of the Presentation we celebrated the other day. A little Child is brought into the crowded courtyard of the temple of Jerusalem by a poor couple with only a small gift to offer for a blessing. They would be easy to pass by, but two old people, Simeon and Anna, recognize the Child. “Now you can dismiss your servant in peace, Lord, for my eyes have seen the salvation of your people Israel,” Simeon says as he takes the Child in his arms.
They knew how to recognize God in smallness, which is the way God usually comes to us everyday. Better than a ticket to the Super Bowl is an eye to see God in smallness.