This period we are living – that of the Covid-19 pandemic – has taken us unawares, it is certain.
It has brought in its wake, all kinds of things totally unexpected.
But, when we think about it, our lives are filled with things which are precisely that: unexpected.
- The promising encounter.
- The unannounced visitor.
- The surprise promotion.
- The welcome help from a friend.
- The mysterious gift left at the door.
- The improbable happy event.
- The unforeseen loss of work.
- The tragic accident.
- The sudden death…
And the list could go on of all that we had neither planned nor envisaged as possible.
Things, events, situations, people – all can belong to this category of the unexpected.
And two of the readings of this Sunday (Ze.9:9-10) (Mt.11:28-30)
make me think that the God they describe is also an… UNEXPECTED GOD!
A God who is humble, riding a donkey – not a horse as someone powerful.
A God who is gentle, humble in heart…
This is NOT the kind of God we would expect…
Yet, the story – the REALITY- started long ago…
The birth in a manger in poor surroundings,
the death on a cross condemned by jealous religious leaders and killed by the occupying power.
This has been – this remains – God’s choice… we have yet to understand…
to really meet and come to know… the ‘unexpected’ God.
Then, slowly, we may come to realize that he can also work – unexpectedly – wonderful things in our lives.
Note: Another reflection on a different theme in French can be found at: https://image-i-nations.com/14e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2020/
Source: Image: Zoe Ministries