Fr Hugh’s Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent
I sometimes have a dream that Tuchel, Klopp, Conte or Pep Guardiola, (one of the great football managers), suddenly decide that their life was not enough of a challenge, so he announces that he is resigning immediately and for very little money has taken up the post of managing Blackpool. In my dream this shoots us to the top of the Championship and next season into the Premiership and the season after that we are in the Champions League final playing Bayern Munich, though somehow that game seems to be a home one at Bloomfield Road (which I am sure you all know is Blackpool’s home ground.) There are of course certain things that make this dream unlikely. But one question that never comes up in my dream is whether even a Tuchel or a Klopp could manage it with the players we now have. In my dream he remains loyal to the current player and still succeeds. But as we know, you need the players as well as the coach. The great thing about God is that he has complete faith in his players, which is each and every one of us. He is well aware that we aren’t on our best form every day, and that sometimes a promising career gets completely derailed. And yet even then he has total faith that we can turn it around…..