Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a picture of the Child of Miracles from St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Mexico. Since 1990, the statue has been dressed up in the uniform of the Mexican national team and considered the 12th man.
Last year, the statue was suited up for the Mexico v US game, a huge victory for the Mexican team as well as their national pride. This year, as Mexico prepares for Group A, Mexico will be in the spotlight as their group contains the host team, South Africa. As usual, the people of San Gabriel Church will be praying for the victory of the team.
I've written before about a Theology of Football ( Fútbol in this case), but I think the inclusion of a suited-up Jesus adds a little twist. Are people just including Jesus in their everyday experience, or is this simply sacrilege?
I'll let you decide.
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