March 15, 2015, Fourth Sunday of Lent: Our God is a God of Surprises

Sisters of the Holy Family

March 15, 2015, Fourth Sunday of Lent

Imagine yourself planning a surprise party for someone you really love, someone who, all unsuspecting, goes about their business unaware of your plans. There are scenarios drawn up, people invited to participate, gifts prepared, place, hour, and refreshments chosen, environment organized and a plot created to get the honoree to the right place at the right time, obstacles to be cleared and secrets to be kept.
You are filled with anticipation and great glee when it all goes off well and your person is completely amazed at the event. They had no idea what was coming from a totally unexpected direction, involving so many people and so many coordinated bits and pieces in maximum secrecy.
Surprise !!!

In the first reading today the Jewish people, sad, dispirited, living as slaves in Babylon, are joyless and depressed. There are no songs being sung, their…

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