And, notably to yours truly, there was no mention of the Superbowl this morning at Mass (the 11:30 a.m. at Xavier), either in the homily or the prayers of the faithful.
How different from life this Sunday in the 'burgh!
My hunch is that many Pittsburgh priests somehow found a way this morning to integrate the Superbowl into their reflections on the readings.
The last time the Steelers were in the big game, I had a great conversation about the purpose of prayer with the 7th grade religious education class I was teaching at my old parish. Specifically, we discussed whether it was OK to pray for the Steelers. If memory serves, we reasoned it might not be such a bad thing if kept in the right perspective.
Ah, to be in the foothills of the Alleghenies on a Superbowl Sunday when the Steelers are in the game ...
The distance is great. But, from here in the urban canyons of Manhattan, we still will cheer.