Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday, a sort of unofficial American holiday. Companies spent several million dollars for short commercials that ran during the game. NBC, ESPN and several other sports networks aired pregame shows and festivities all last week. People held parties at their homes, with lots of snacks and friends (17,000 pounds of chips and dip were consumed!). Oh, and by the way, somewhere in the middle of all of this was a football game.
Sunday was a big day; but what if every Sunday was a big day? What if every Sunday people gathered together around one big event? What if every Sunday was super?
As it turns out, every Sunday is special; super even. But it is not a football game that makes each Sunday special; it is the gathering together around the Word and the sacrament that makes Sunday super.
Each Sunday is super because each Sunday we get to come together and hear the Word of the Lord proclaimed in our midst; each Sunday we get to hear that by Jesus’ death and resurrection, our sins are forgiven. Each Sunday, we feast on the body and blood of Jesus as a foretaste of eternal life. Each Sunday, we pray, praise and give thanks for all that God has done for us.
That makes every Sunday a super Sunday. Because this is not just a once a year event centered around a football championship game; this is an every Sunday event, centered around the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Each and every Sunday is a super Sunday, not based on anything that you or I have done, but based on what God has done for us. For God has called us to be His own in the waters of Holy Baptism, and redeemed us from sin, death and the power of the devil.
Every Sunday is super when you get to hear the Pastor absolve you of all of your sins. Every Sunday is super when you get to hear that Jesus came into the world to open to you the gates of eternal life. Every Sunday is super when you get to eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of all of your sins.
Who wins on Super Sunday? You do, the children of God, who have been washed in the blood of Jesus.