Sunday, July 13, will be the final game of the World Cup. Tuesday, July 15, will be the major league baseball All Star Game.
There was a time when the World Cup was unknown in this country. Beginning in 1933, the All Star Break in the middle of the baseball season drew all the press in the United States. But every four years since 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1948, the World Cup has drawn the attention of people almost everywhere else.
For many of us, soccer is an acquired taste. Scoring is often very limited, especially at the World Cup level, with matches played to a 0-0 tie in the group rounds. Like hockey, play is continuous until someone scores or there is a penalty.
Since we did not grow up watching what the world calls “football,” it is difficult for us to understand the strategy of the game. The amazing skill demonstrated in controlling the ball, dribbling, and passing is the heart of the game.
Many good things in life are “acquired tastes.” It takes some perseverance to learn to appreciate experiences that don’t come naturally to us. But there are rewards. Many of us did not grow up with a wide variety of practices of faith and prayer. But with perseverance we can find rewards in seemingly foreign patterns of meditation enjoyed by millions.
Grace and Peace.