August 31, 2012
1 Corinthians 1: 17-25
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart. ”Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
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Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of the age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? [1 Corinthians 1:20]
I turn off the TV. I put down the newsmagazine. I am so weary of following the debates of world leaders and the talking heads of analysis. Is it that no one gets it, or that those who get it can’t personally afford to say so? I pray for courageous and visionary leaders and uncompromised sages.
Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, when we see those we love suffer with acute physical or mental pain, it can shake our confidence in you. When death steals away the lives of the young or crushes the life of someone who had battled so hard to regain health, we can even feel a sense of abandonment. Then we recall St. Paul’s reminder: “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Though reason cannot explain the “why” for such hardships, we know that the cross transports us into eternal life. And through our earthly pain, we deepen our reliance on you and through our vulnerability we surrender our life to you and experience a security and hope that passes human understanding.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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