I was able to have a very restful Sunday that was topped off with watching the Super Bowl. I thoroughly enjoyed the game, commercials, pre, half and post-game entertainment. Wow, there was a lot of time, effort and money put into this great annual American sporting event. In my prayer, reading and preparation for writing my reflection for Monday’s readings, I was distracted and tired along with thinking of things I need to do before bed. But once, by the Grace of God, I started reading, the Holy Spirit brought to mind, through today’s Gospel from Mark 6, how easy it is to get caught up in worldly things.
Jesus and his disciples had just crossed the sea and as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus and they flocked to him. They knew of his healing power and they were bringing the sick to him to be healed. The scripture says that all who just touched the tassel of his cloak were healed! The amazing love, mercy and power of Jesus for all.
So the Super Bowl ends and boom, the announcement of former Bronco and Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, is bringing up the trophy, the Crown of Victory. The tunnel of people on both sides are lined with Bronco players and dignitaries, touching and kissing the trophy. Then, another announcement, Joe Namath begins the walk with the trophy and then Lynn Swan. Oh, to touch the trophy, taking their gloves off to feel the great Crown of Victory. Imagine the excitement in the next few weeks, the pictures of us common people rubbing shoulders with the likes of Peyton Manning, shaking hands with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller or just to be in the presence of a Super Bowl champion. Social media will be on fire.
As a former athlete, I competed at a pretty high level for many crowns. As a former coach, I did the same. I do not think there is anything wrong with using the gifts God has given to these great athletes, to pursue competition to win the prize. My mistakes have come when I have placed the worldly crown ahead of the true Crown of Jesus Christ, who has won the victory for me.