“If God doesn’t let a sparrow fall without his knowing it, do you think he pays no attention as Tim Tebow’s passes fall?” So said Benedictine College’s Vaughn Kohler, former Baptist minister and new Catholic commentator, at work last week.
He was joking, but of course he has a point. After the nation watched “God’s Quarterback” stumble in the playoffs against the Patriots, here are 10 reasons God allowed this to come to pass. (With thanks to Dr. Edward Mulholland for his contribution.)
10. Because he didn’t want Christians to downgrade him from “Lord of the Universe” to “Best Assistant Coach in the NFL.”
9. Because Rob Gronkowski’s Polish grandmother said five Rosaries for the Patriots.
8. Because God is really good at bringing good out of suffering.
7. Because God didn’t want kids who admire Tom Brady to think he’s out to get their hero.
6. Because once 30 million people saw the Focus on the Family ad, the game was won from God’s perspective.
5. When Tebow threw 316 yards to win against the Steelers, God wanted us to read John 3:16. Yesterday, he threw 136 yards. John 1:36 is part of today’s Gospel– “As he watched Jesus walk by, he said ‘Behold the Lamb of God.’”
4. Because God wants kids to learn to work hard and wait for good things, not just pray and get them now.
3. Because when God became man, he “lost” in the world’s eyes, too.
2. Because Tom Brady’s performance better reflected God’s glory … because it was awesome, not awkward.
1. To remind us that almost everything in our lives is more important than football.