Today, tens of millions of people are awake and ready. They are waiting for something great to happen. They are cooking special foods and are preparing their homes for great feasts and the ultimate event of the new year.
Some of us are preparing for the Superbowl. True fans have finally come to this momentous day filled with great hopes and anticipation that their team will win to rule the world of football for one year. They hope and pray that their team will provide them with eternal bragging rights and great stories of heroic feats that led to gridiron glory and honor.
A lot of us could not care less about the Superbowl, either because our teams are not there, to get a taste of honor and glory, or because we hate football and have other things to do on such a fine, fine day.
At any rate, it is still Sunday, and many church leaders will pretend to be tone deaf to other people’s plans for the day. Some church leaders or major players will demand that the parishioners stay under the clutches of the church rather than enjoying the game. The second battle ensues, often with great tactic and hilarity.
Thus, a second great battle will go on between those who intend to watch the Superbowl and those who want to keep people in the clutches of the church, long after the shows of faith, rituals and weekly lessons are done.
We will not discuss the employers who intrude into the Sundays of their employees, sometimes with proper intentions, and sometimes with no idea about the meaning of a weekend off from work.
Many of us will see Sunday as a day of rest and recreation. Some will seek to honor the mythology that God rested on the 7th day. Others have already taken their rest on Saturday, which was the seventh day that worked perfectly well until Pope Gregory came along and imposed his ideas about calendars on the world.
This makes us wonder why an outdated pope still rules over the length of our calendar month and the number of months in a year!
Many of us will think of God. We try to separate the nonsense from the truth about just what it is that pleases God. We will deal with people who try to convince us that they have the answers. We don’t know whether they have the answers because the final answers have not been given yet.