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.”

We celebrated the Feast of the Presentation the other day. A poor couple carrying their little Child and a few small gifts passed through the crowded temple courtyard unnoticed.

Two old people, Simeon and Anna, recognized the Child in the temple. “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 recognized God in smallness, which is the way God usually comes everyday. Better than a ticket to the Super Bowl is an eye to see God in smallness. It’s there all the time.

But let me add with a word to my loyal cousins who stayed up most of last night celebrating: Fly, Eagles, Fly.

5 thoughts on “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 Post author

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

  5. cenaclemary12

    Smallness before God is humility. NFL captures an audience of people hungry for meaning. Being a fan of a team gives one’s ego an identity. Too much hype, too much money spent and too much importance given to this game, not to mention the concussions caused!

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