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I grew up in a big, Italian family. Thanksgiving dinners, even when it was “just the family,” meant 30+ people. As you can imagine, that many people means a lot of prep work: buying and cooking the food – over several days and in multiple kitchens, gathering plates, moving furniture, sweeping the floors, settling the schedule (do we eat before or after “the game”?) and my favorite, getting the ice.

My grasp on soccer is, at best, average. I've kicked the ball around a little, and I watch a few matches on TV (every four years). During this World Cup, I learned one very important thing: the difference between a worthy win and an undeserved win. Even more so than in other sports, a clearly weaker team can "steal a win" with a last second or a lucky goal. Sometimes, the other team will even score it for you.

Matthew 16 paints the picture of a clearly weaker team, the 12 men Jesus picked to be his "apostles."