Reflections on the Super Bowl

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.

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4 responses to “Reflections on the Super Bowl

  1. Gloria

    From the Presentation to the Super Bowl–from the sublime to the ridiculous.
    How beautiful Simeon’s prayer of recognition and thanksgiving when he sees
    and holds the Infant Jesus in the company of Mary and Joseph and Anna, in contrast to the crowds, the noise, the pushing and shoving, (the cost of tickets and food), to watch two groups of grown men bash each others’ heads and slam each others’ bodies.
    I’ll take small over big any day of the week.

  2. Gail Smyder

    I’m even further convinced that i like small things. Did you smile at all the people you struggled thru????????????

  3. Mary Ellen (Frost) Kitchen

    There’s always a chance to do/see the small things if we are always looking for the opportunity. Thank you Father Joe for the reminder in our human daily struggles to be ever on the look out… first to see and then to DO!

  4. vhoagland

    Great to see you last week, along with the rest of your wonderful family. Have to do that again.
    FJ

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