The Sleeping Virgin

Recently I commented on the fact that the Mexican players had asked La Virgen de Guadalupe (whose veneration is the official, if not popular religion of Mexico) for help in their game against Angola.

Based on the way my compatriots (the Mexicans not the Angolans) played, I have to assume that the Virgin was not awake or available when these guys were asking for her help. 

It almost brings to mind the showdown at Mount Carmel between the prophets of Baal and the prophet Elijah, oh some 2800 years ago.  Baal, you see, is a fake god that the Israelites were worshiping.  Elijah challenges the practitioners of this religion to a duel to see which god is the true god, Baal or YHWH.  When Baal's prophets call upon him to bring fire from heaven, which of course doesn't happen because he doesn't exist, the prophets go to extreme measures to call upon him.  What kind of measures?  cutting themselves and shouting at the top of their lungs.

Elijah, watching the scene unfold, chides them by saying the following:

"Call out with a loud voice, for he (Baal) is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened."

Memo to my fellow Mexicans :  before the game against Portugal on Wednesday, make sure you pray a little louder, after all she might be sleeping.

[Elijah and the prophets of Baal can be found in 1 Kings 18:20-46]     


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