The reading for today is 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
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? 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. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters, not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boasts in the Lord.”
The Holy Week message for today shows the power God who chooses each of us, the weak, the unwise and the lowly, to reveal his promise of redemption. We are like the Jews and Greeks who demand signs and wisdom. We are no different from them in the yearning and searching for God and the meaning of the message. We think of ourselves as wise and strong, have a higher opinion of ourselves than a variety of people, when in actuality we are quite weak, unwise and lowly in comparison to the vastness and awesomeness of God.
We are saved through our belief in Christ. We must consider to what and how we are called to serve. We proclaim the Gospel in our own unique way, not as in a situation of power and might, that is left for God, we do our boasting of God in Christ who is righteous, sanctification, and redemption. God comes to all the world, giving us the opportunity for salvation through Christ crucified on the cross and rising on Easter. Christ came for all, not just the wise, those of high station, and strong. We are all invited.
May we continue our steps toward Easter Sunday and hear again the glorious story told of God’s great love for us through Christ. We anxiously await the time to sing Alleluias, He is risen and proclaim the Good News.
Let us pray-Dear God, We walk the path of Christ during this Holy Week as we prepare our hearts for remembering his death on the cross and await the glory of Easter Sunday. Be ever present with us to share the stories and use us to boast of your great love through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer Concern-Pray for healing for those who have health concerns