The God of Faithful Dependability

And now I get to be a cranky trad. Pope Francis recently said that Easter reveals God as a “God of Surprises.” On the one hand, our redemption by means of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection truly is surprising. On the other hand, Our Lord explicitly told His disciples that He would die and rise again before He did it (St. Luke 24:6-8):

(6) He is not here, but is risen. Remember how he spoke unto you, when he was in Galilee, (7) Saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (9) And they remembered his words.

If the disciples had been paying attention, and had believed, they would not have been surprised on Easter morning. Our Lord said He would do something, and then He did just that. Additionally, the Old Testament prophets pointed to the Passion and Resurrection, in their own veiled way.

So, the “God of Surprises” surprises us precisely by being perfectly consistent with His own prior revelations, not by deviating from them. God is actually quite predictable, when He makes predictions. He is dependable, when He makes a promise. And after telling us in no uncertain terms that “remarriage” after divorce is adultery, He most certainly isn’t going to surprise us with any reversals.

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