Gentlemen, we are now well into the Fall season, and I think we all know what that means. Football is back! The drought is over. We can now return to watching football hours on end depending on your TV package and the number of fantasy teams you run.
And what’s wrong with that, right?
We work all week, and finally football season, professional and college, gets underway and we should enjoy all of the glorious hits, runs, and passes that it has to offer.
Gentlemen, let’s face it: when football season arrives, what was once the Lord’s Day is now football’s day. If someone analyzed the typical adult male’s behavior on a Sunday during football season, then they would probably say that Sunday is devoted to eating unhealthy food and watching a screen for 3 or more hours. You might start off the day at Mass, but where do you actually spend most of your time and energy? Answer: On the man-chair.
I think it is important to remind ourselves of why Sunday is the Lord’s Day. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“Jesus rose from the dead ‘on the first day of the week.’ Because it is the ‘first day,’ the day of Christ’s Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the ‘eighth day’ following the sabbath, it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ’s Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the day of all feasts, the Lord’s Day.”
Sunday is important as the Lord’s Day, and we are called to make it a holy day in our lives. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch football on Sundays, but you should certainly try to incorporate your faith a little more on Sunday. Here are some ideas:
- Say a rosary at night before going to sleep. Thanking God for a great day of family, friends, and football.
- Invite some guys over to watch football that you are not as familiar with.
- Talk to your children about the faith at halftime while throwing around the ol’ pigskin or kicking the soccer ball.
- If your mouth becomes slightly fouler during football games, then I recommend getting a swear jar or saying a quick prayer after every time you curse.
There are many ways that you can make watching football on Sunday more than just watching football on Sunday. What ideas do you have to make Sunday more of the Lord’s Day and less of football’s day?