What if our nation got as excited about the Gospel as we do sports? Or better yet, what if we got more excited about God than cheering for a team?
How different would this day be? How different would we be?
A wise Sister once pointed out to me that if we celebrated the liturgical seasons with the same fervor as we have for sport teams, then our whole society would be transformed. Maybe, I thought, things would seem more like the Reign of God that Christ proclaimed.
Can you imagine it? Our clothes colors could coordinate with the priest’s vestments. Instead of fancy stadiums, we’d have top-of-the-line community centers in every city so to better shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and heal the sick. All people would have easy access to a vibrant worship community. Upon waking, we’d read our Bibles instead of the sports page.
And, maybe instead of having Super Bowl parties today, we’d have parties to celebrate today’s feast: The Presentation of the Lord in the temple.
Here’s one thing that shouldn’t be hypothetical: We would be more concerned with the social injustices that happen behind the scenes at the Super Bowl. We would be better in touch with the reality of inequality and violence that comes with all our American celebrations. This information would be common knowledge:
Our hearts would be involved with another awful injustice. For, even more alarming than the facts about wealth and poverty is the truth about what happens to many women on this day.
Read this article to learn about the horrific, true story about sex trafficking.
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No matter what you do, I hope you’ll keep Christ part of your day! Peace!