If you’ve got an old house, you know there’s always something that needs to be done.

I was getting the radiators ready for winter. A job that requires a special tool, called a radiator key. And I couldn’t find mine anywhere.


After a few days of fruitless looking, I gave up, went online, and bought one. Only it was back-ordered. They said it wouldn’t be available until sometime in late October.

So I was stunned when it was delivered 3 days later.

It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. But it was exactly what I needed. And I was happy to have it.

Today’s Gospel is all about expectations. And how easy it is to become lost in our expectations. To become fixed in our expectations, our preconceived notions about how things are going to work.

So much so that we close ourselves off to other possibilities.

Making us miss what God is doing in our lives. Keeping us from the joy that comes from receiving God’s grace. Because it doesn’t exactly match up to what we were expecting.

Even though it’s exactly what we needed.

Today’s Readings