Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Sunday

The Harbaughs - Jackie, Jim, John and Jack with a grand-daughter
Traditionally this day has been called Super Sunday. Let me tell you the real reason behind this fact.......
When the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in 2011 - and John Harbaugh beat younger brother, Jim, in the first NFL matchup of coaching brothers - Jack Harbaugh peeked into the Ravens' locker room after the game. Jack Harbaugh, John and Jim's father, was impressed by how ecstatic everyone was. There was nothing but celebration and smiling faces. "I thought to myself, we really aren't needed here." He walked across the hallway at the Baltimore football stadium. The mood in the San Francisco locker room was quiet and somber, he said. "I found Jim all by himself," said Jack Harbaugh, a former college football coach. "No one was around him. That's where we were needed." For Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, the Superbowl rematch between their coaching sons today at New Orleans is likely to be another excruciating study in contrasts. Someone will win and someone will lose.
When they played each other on Thanksgiving Day 2011, interviewers were asking the losing Harbaugh about his reaction to losing to his brother. He answered simply by saying - “this is just a game, the biggest victory was won by my parents who tomorrow celebrate 50 years of happy marriage!” We have a lot to learn from the Harbaughs, especially about family unity, perseverance, commitment, sacrifice and brotherly love.

And here are a few real reasons why this is called Super Sunday:
- because you are alive and well, healthy and in good spirits,
- because you have a family that loves you,
- because you can see God’s beauty, listen to music, experience emotions and joy,
- because you have a parish community which you can call your second home,
- and because through social media you can connect with friends everywhere,
- but most importantly because you can talk to them face to face, hug them and squeeze their hands in support, because you know that you are not alone.

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