Bad things happen. People let us down. We fail.

And when things don’t turn out the way we hoped, it’s easy to get disappointed.

To get that gnawing feeling that something is wrong. An unspoken certainty that this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

Too often, the advice we get for dealing with that feeling goes something like this: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

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It sounds kind of Gospel-ish, but it’s not.

The real answer for dealing with that feeling is an actual Gospel. Today’s Gospel.

And it’s not about having no expectations. It’s about where to put those expectations.

If we expect bad things not to happen, if we expect people to not let us down, if we expect that we won’t fail, then we’re setting ourselves up. For disappointment after disappointment.

But if we expect it to all work out in God’s way. In God’s time. We’ll never be disappointed.

How do we do that? By putting our trust where our expectations need to be. In God.

Today’s Readings