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21st Sunday OT (A)

Appointment and dis-appointment

Having experienced sudden dis-appointment (spelling mine) from a position of authority only to find myself being appointed to the position not too long after, I recall my marvel at how the events unfolded and how I processed it with thoughts that mirrored Paul’s awesome exclamation at the beginning of today’s Second Reading, How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! (Rom 11:33).

What other explanation could there be for a manmade event being turned on its head to the disappointment of its architects who could not help but make the appointment, all things being considered? When this memory arose, it caused me to think of the well-known aphorism from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – “Man appoints, and God disappoints” – the theme informing this reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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