A Lucky Savior

A lucky savior is what you need!  It’s the new year.  Maybe everyone wants a little good luck!  Is luck a real thing?

The World Cup only comes around every four years.  This soccer event is the most popular sporting event in the world for many people.  You can understand how some of the players would like to gain every advantage possible.  Some even believe in good luck.  There is the stereotypical rabbit’s foot, maybe a lucky penny, but there is one soccer player who will bring anything along if he might think it would give him that little edge, Diego Maradona.

Diego frequently prays the rosary just before a game… for good luck.  Diego’s teams have avoided the thirteenth floor of hotels, even staying in the same hotel where there was to be a wedding, just to have a good luck meet and greet with a bride to be.  But for the 2010 world cup, Diego flew in his good luck charm.  Some people would have called the young man his grandson, but in a press conference he said that his good luck charm was getting off the plane.  That may seem ridiculous and extreme, but could people see Jesus as a good luck charm?

Just so we’re clear – there is no good luck.  Theologians talk about providence.  Simply put, God went to the trouble to create you and provide for you, of course he will protect you.  What you might think of as good luck, might be the worst thing that could happen to you.  How many lottery winners actually have their life improved?  Trust that God the Father will provide and protect you, not good luck.

On that note, what do you think about Jesus?  Is he your good luck charm?  Do you pull out your Bible – maybe just rub it – don’t open and read, when things don’t go your way?  Do you wear a cross of gold or silver?  Why?  I’m not going to accuse you of any wrongdoing.  Nor would I associate you with eccentric soccer players.  I just want you to think about how you view Jesus.  Want to hear more?  Watch this week’s message: A Lucky Savior.