Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Our readings today talk about expectations. We all have expectations for our life, for experiences we enter into, for our relationships, for our jobs and ministries, for the world around us. Sometimes our expectations are met even exceeded, however sometimes we are disappointed. At times our expectations can be unrealistic and there is no way they can be met. At other times our expectations cloud our ability to enter into a situation and get the best out of it. Our expectations of people, place, things and experiences can at times hold us back from realizing the graces or blessings of a particular experience or moment.
This is the case in our readings today. Naaman seeks healing for his leprosy from Elisha the prophet. When told to go to the Jordan River and wash seven times he becomes indignant. He thinks Elisha should do something spectacular, that there should be a great event that brings about his healing. Naaman is finally convinced to let go of his expectations and healing comes.
The people of Nazareth have certain expectations for Jesus. They think they know him. They think they know what to expect from him. Thus they make it difficult for Jesus to be the healing, loving forgiving person he is everywhere else. The people of Nazareth cannot let go of their expectations and Jesus must move on.
Our scriptures remind us today that God works in mysterious ways. If we have expectations for God, for Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, then we might be disappointed, however if like Naaman we can put aside our expectations, if we can let go and let God, then great things can happen. Most importantly we will be able to recognize God's presence in our life when we most need it.
Have a blessed day everyone and may the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts!
- Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P., - St. Vincent Strambi Residence