The New York Times kicks off the passive/aggressive gloating piece HERE.
Here's the reader's digest: Tebow may have a huge fan base that knows nothing about foozball, but his God isn't all that powerful because Tebow may not even have a future in foozball. It also mentions the embarrassing taunting chants of the New England pagans and drunks:
“What stung the worst Saturday night was the sarcasm as thick as New England chowder when fans derisively chanted the name of Tim Tebow.”
When I tuned in to catch the score, I confess there was a brief moment of prayerful intimacy with Christ and Our Blessed Mother trying to talk them into giving glory to God through this young man's talents with a win.
Ok. I had a weak moment. But as soon as the words were out of my mouth, I felt foolish. Not to mention repentant.
Isn't it captivating though, that the spirit of mockery of God two thousand years ago manifests itself in exactly the same way today. Where is your God now.
I know where He is and I know how He manifests His Glory. In everything, we are a witness to the Reason for our hope and our joy.
I saw His Glory in a pregame interview with Mark Whalberg who gracefully witnessed to what drives him in his life, in all he is and does: His faith in Christ and the treasures of Catholic religion. He had the opportunity to say that he starts his day off, everyday, with a visit to Church. He tries to make daily Mass but even if he can't, he makes a visit to Church every day. Wow, was I impressed with his conversion story.
I saw His Glory in Tim's post-game remarks:
“They had a great scheme. They came out and they played well and they executed well. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit.
I just want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ and thank my teammates for the effort they put forth not only tonight but the entire season. I also want to thank the Broncos fans for all their support this season and it definitely meant a lot.”
The Pope had a beautiful reminder of God's glory this week in a reflection during the Angelus.
“I’d like to stress the decisive role played by the spiritual guide in the journey of faith, in particular in the response to the vocation of special consecration in the service of God and his people. The Christian faith, in and of itself, posits the proclamation and witness. In fact, it consists in participating in the Good News for which Jesus of Nazareth died and rose, namely that he is God. And thus, the calling to follow Jesus more closely, giving up one’s family to dedicate oneself to the great family of the Church, normally requires the witness and proposal of an ‘older brother’, usually a priest. This does not mean however forgetting the fundamental role played by parents, who, through their genuine and joyful faith and conjugal love show their children that building a life on God’s love is beautiful and possible.”
Thank you Lord for the love that sustains us through our talents, flaws, challenges, victories and defeats. Thank you for our Popes, our priests and the many people who are witnesses to Your love and your Church ever day. We wouldn't mind ponying up on the victories and miracles but we love You and we trust in You. Lead us. Thank you for inspiring us through the fire of this young man's love and faith.