Sunday, April 10, 2011

1 Corinthian 1:18-23 - The Cross

1 Corinthian 1:18-23
For the word of the cross is folly 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 cleverness of the clever I will thwart." Where is the wise man? 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, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,

Comment
As Lent goes on I strongly suggest to you that you begin to put into your meditation the theme of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Everyone (watching this program) whether you are a believer or an unbeliever, whether you are a Christian or a non Christian has sufferings, sorrows and crosses in life. I am one of those people who believe that this is only comprehensible by the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
I’m not so sure I would even be a religious person if I did not believe that God has suffered with us.

I admire the members of other religions because evil when it comes upon them it is terribly puzzling and can make you very angry. And when it comes upon a Christian it can make you very puzzled and very angry. But as you get angry you have to look at the crucifix. You see that image on the wall – a crucifix – a modest little statue of Jesus crucified.

It represents human degradation.
It represents all the suffering of innocent people who ever lived.
It is a sign of suffering and it is a sign of hope.

The Cross – What does it say?
That God suffers with us.
A French poet –Claudell said ‘Christ did not stop all suffering or explain all suffering but by His own suffering He made the possibility of sanctifying all the suffering

Source: EWTN - Fr Benedict Groeschel – Daily Reflection – (for the Second Wednesday of Lent)

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