expecting the wrong thing out of the right person.God tells us that we can always expect Him to betrue to His Word, even when that is hard for us toswallow.
Reflecting on the Readings:
– Did you expect salvation? – Jonah doesn’t expect salvation for the Assyrianpeople of Nineveh, but that is exactly whatthose people receive. Jonah gets despondentabout that salvation. Are you ever hard-hearted about someone else’s salvation or thepossibility of their salvation?
– Did you expect compassion? – This thanksgiving psalm seems to be based onthe realization of God’s compassion in the lastfew verses. Is it a pleasant surprise you whenGod shows compassion to you today?
– Did you expectsuffering? - The words “my desire is to departand be with Christ,” tell us that Paul wasexperiencing the suffering that is a part of every Christian’s life. Did you expect being aChristian to be a life of ease and comfort?
– Did you expect to be first?– Jesus gives us a countercultural lesson aboutthe kingdom of heaven. In it, God’s grace isgiven not on the basis of works, but on thebasis of promise. What have you worked for inGod’s kingdom and what are you promised?
Law and Gospel:
: Our expectations often reveal that we aresinners. Only sinners would expect a nation todie and be upset. Only sinners would quibbleover a grace given commonly to all.
: God does not give on the basis of ourexpectations, but rather, tells us to trust in His