Tuesday in Holy Week, Year B

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

“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 God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:21, 25 (NRSV)

Humankind has made great achievements and advancements over its history. We have used our God-given wisdom to solve many problems, and we have much to be proud of. But our wisdom is insufficient to provide us all that we need.

Our wisdom is shaped by our perspective here on earth, and, as such, it is highly limited in its scope. Our earthly wisdom says it’s foolish to believe that one man can die for the sins of many. Our wisdom says it’s foolish for God to be eternally faithful to sinful humanity. Our wisdom says that the lowly son of a Jewish carpenter cannot possibly be the source of salvation for all. Our wisdom says that there is nothing higher than our own logic. But our wisdom is foolishness compared to the wisdom of God, because one man did die for the sins of many, God is eternally faithful to sinful humanity, Jesus is the source of salvation for all, and God is higher than our own logic.

Consider all that we still don’t understand, and all that we’ve misunderstood over the centuries. One thing remains constant in the face of all logic and illogic; one thing remains true no matter what happens or how we perceive it: God is the source of all life in Christ Jesus, and it is from him that we have our wisdom, our redemption, and our sanctification.

Let us pray. God of wisdom, you have chosen what is foolish to the world to reveal your grace. Help us to put aside our reliance on our own abilities and recognize that all we have comes from you, that we may begin to accept and believe the great mystery that is your love in Christ Jesus. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.