When we’re hurt, when we’re desperate, sometimes we promise God that we’ll do something. Anything. If only God will help us. In the moment, those promises can be extravagant.
Not really meaning promises like that – or a least not making good on them – is so common that it’s a stock joke. And kind of a stereotype.
In Sunday’s first reading, Hannah is hurting.
She’s so desperate, she even promises the child to God’s service. If God will only give her a son. And God does.
But for Hannah, it’s no joke.
She breaks the stereotype. Hannah makes good on her promise.
Okay, but what does that have to do with our faith not being a Sunday-only thing?
More on this tomorrow.