I didn't watch the lewd and lurid goings-on during the recent Super Bowl, thankfully (“FCC Commissioner Speaks Out on Super Bowl Scandal,” Inperson, Feb. 15-21).
Still, I've been praying about what could be done, especially in light of the recent Sunday Gospel in which, through the power of Jesus’ command to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch,” St. Peter and his co-workers “caught a great number of fish” — despite their having caught nothing at all up to that point. This caused St. Peter to beg Jesus: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Jesus told them not to be afraid; from then on they'd be catching men.
What snags me most in this reading at this time is the simple statement that follows: “When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:11).
This sporting event, the Super Bowl, has for years been washing out into the sea of paganism. Each “Super Bowl Sunday,” can't we put out into deep water, cast our nets and have a Super-Adoration Sunday instead? From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Catholic churches and chapels across America could offer adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and pray the holy rosary each hour on the hour — all in thanksgiving for the fact that we do have options as Catholics, that we can make reparation for what others choose to watch. And we could ask forgiveness for the times we have allowed ourselves to be washed out by the waves of society's waxing seduction.
Even if others don't take up the idea formally, there is nothing stopping individuals from leaving the television off on that very night and following his presence into a nearby Catholic Church to adore and pray.
- February 22-28, 2004