The Superbowl is a time where we all gather together on a Sunday!
So as I walked into my University’s Sunday Church celebration this morning, I was shocked to see how many people were there. Every seat was filled, people were standing – there were even people in the choir loft. I was pleasantly surprised that so many people came. Then, I realized that the reason why so many people had come to the morning Church service was because of the Superbowl in the evening. Even though the Superbowl is going on, people are intentionally scheduling in time for Church! Amazing. Yes, there will probably be a few people who won’t go to Sunday Church because of the Superbowl, but I realize that there are tons of people (including college students) that will go to Church no matter what is going on, even if the Baltimore Ravens do make it to the Superbowl.
I know that the Superbowl isn’t about soccer, but I think because it is the Superbowl, football can pass – just this one time – as fútbol, for the sake of this reflection.
When I was 9 years old (back in the day), I remember how important the Superbowl was. But more importantly, I remember how important it was to be with my father and my family during the Superbowl. Superbowl is, and always has been, a time of gathering together with my family and friends. And as I look at the people around me, merely everyone is gathering with other people to watch the game. The actual Superbowl game could be a match between the two worst teams, with all second-string linemen, and still, millions across the nation would gather together to watch this game. Praise God.
Gathering has always been a main component to the Christian life. People gather during Church services, during service projects, prayer groups, Bible studies, etc. Sharing time and being with one another has been a vital part of Christian life. In fact, we see in the New Testament the word “disciples” over 200 times, whereas “disciple” in the New Testament is only seen a couple times - the disciples were almost never alone. Being a Christian means that we are a part of the Body of Christ, with Jesus as the Head of the Church. We, as a Church, gather to live out our faith together.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Reflecting on the Superbowl as a time of gathering shows the greatness that comes from the annual event. Across the entire nation millions of people are gathering together eating meals, spending the day together, and cheering on their favoring team.
Superbowl is also on a Sunday, the day of the Lord and the universal day of rest. "Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken." (Genesis 2:2).
The Superbowl encourages people - including myself - to take a break from work and rest with family and friends – which is really what Sunday is all about.