HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
BISHOP RENE HENRY GRACIDA
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Today is Super Bowl Sunday!
Throughout the United States, and even in many foreign countries, television sets will be tuned in to the Super Bowl game.
Long before professional football came to be the the obsession of many American men, the college football team of Notre Dame was followed by men, especially Catholic men.
The Notre Dame football team was immortalized by a movie made in 1940
starring Ronald Reagan who played the role of George Gipp, nicknamed “The Gipper” who was probably the greatest football player who ever played for Notre Dame.
The movie,Knute Rockne, All American.
Reagan’s presidential campaign revived interest in the film, resulting in reporters calling him “The Gipper.”
In the movie, George Gipp had recently died and Notre Dame was losing badly to the U.S. Army football team in the 1928 game that was almost the equivalent of the Super Bowl of college football.
Knute Rockne is addressing the Notre Dame players at halftime and choking back his emotions he urges the players to go out there and “win one for the Gipper.”
The team did what he asked; they won the game. The expression “win one for the Gipper” became immortal.
The only place in the New Testament where sports are mentioned is Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians where he tells us:
Run Your Race to Win The Prize
23 (Saint Paul says) I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
25 Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…
The theme of today’s Mass is winning the race by winning others for Christ and do this by letting the light of Christ shine in you. The responsorial psalm expresses this perfectly when it says:
“The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.”
The first reading of today’s Mass tells us how to let the light of Christ shine in us:
“Share your bread with the hungry.
shelter the oppressed and the homeless,
clothe the naked when you see them
and do not turn your back on your own. …
If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
…and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you (and others) in the darkness and the gloom
shall become…like midday.”
LET THE LIGHT OF CHRIST SHINE IN YOU !!!
GO OUT THERE IN THE SUPERBOWL OF LIFE AND WIN SOMEONE FOR CHRIST !!!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.