Reading: Matthew 15: 21-28
I have to admit it-- I don't like brussel sprouts. I like all other vegetables, but I'd pass on brussel sprouts every time. I don't know why I don't like them; I like cabbage fixed other ways, but I don't like those sprouts.
Maybe my dislike comes from the evening I had to sit at the dinner table all by myself after everyone else left because I hadn't finished my brussel sprouts. My mom made me sit there until I ate every last bite. If I remember correctly, I lived out our Bible text for today by giving them to our dog. Unfortunately, I then told my mom that I had eaten them. (I did admit it years later!)
I was eating dinner once a young child and brussel sprouts were on the menu. I told his mother that I didn't like brussel sprouts (and I was not alone-- neither did her husband) but I encouraged the boy to try them. Maybe he would like the "casserole" as he called them. I knew I didn't! Since everyone has their own taste, I wanted him to try the sprouts-- even though I knew I didn't want to touch them.
At another point in my life, I was forced by my mother to eat a piece of fruit. She told me that if I ate a banana at supper, she buy me a roll of film for my new camera. (Yes, I know this story dates me in our digital age!) I'd just gotten that new Kodak and the deal sounded appealing. I was not a big fruit fan but I ate one so that I could get that roll of film. And, I liked it. Today, bananas remain my favorite fruit.
Two experiences, basically the same, being forced to do something with two different outcomes. I still don't like brussel sprouts, but I love bananas. Maybe if my mom would have promised me a roll of film if I ate my brussel sprouts, I'd like them more. But I doubt it!
Closing: Mediate on or discuss with one another this quote: "Faith is a belief in what you do not yet see, and the reward of faith is to see what you believe." (St. Augustine)
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