United on Super Sunday
“You will notice that I did not wear purple or red vestments,” said Archbishop Gregory Aymond, greeting jersey-wearing congregants at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Louis Cathedral on Super Bowl Sunday.
After asking the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers supporters in the congregation to identify themselves with a cheer, Archbishop Aymond detected a dead heat in their respective volume. “We will be with you both in prayer and in spirit at the game, and we pray that all your players will be safe and do their very best,” he said.
Before the dismissal, the archbishop noted that while the Mass readings reminded Catholics to be truth-proclaiming prophets like Jeremiah and Jesus, he would not be prophetic himself by predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl – although he did host the parents of Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker, friends from his Austin, Texas, days, at his residence. The Ravens won, 34-31.