Like many of use, I’ve used my pandemic time to experiment in the kitchen. There’s always been one thing I’ve wanted to make that I stayed away from because it was so intimidating – fresh pasta.
But hey, if you can’t take a risk during a pandemic, when are you gonna do it? It turns out it’s not as hard as I thought… though it takes some attention. And it does help if you’ve got a mixer (thanks to my homie Sue – this one belongs to her). Fresh pasta is just four ingredients – flour, eggs, oil and salt. You put it in and let it run for about 10 minutes (or knead it by hand).
We’re going to talk about good and evil today, and I thought pasta would be a helpful metaphor. After all, if I were to tell you in this moment I’ve made some good pasta for you – you’d rightly go… uh… where?
But, in my defense, you couldn’t call it bad pasta either. Because right now, it’s just a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, getting mixed. It’s neither good nor bad yet. It’s just… potential. (Hopefully potential deliciousness.)
I want to suggest that we consider good and evil in much the same way – God has created a world, inviting us to become out of chaos. And what’s before us is the question: Will we join God in moving the world toward peace (which of course includes delicious pasta) or will we choose to invite chaos into the world, little by little?