Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36; Psalm 71:1-14(6)
When we think of God, or talk about God (theology), our tendency can be to make things more complicated than they need to be (sometimes just to seem more intelligent). It can lead us to wonder, “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?” Certainly, this reading from 1 Corinthians is not suggesting wisdom is unimportant, but it is referring to a certain kind of wisdom. There’s the scribe, who is a church leader and so “wisdom of the world” – that must be referring to those non-believers! Well, when we read the Gospels, whom is Jesus constantly calling out? It’s the religious leaders – the scribes, the pious ones. Those who are concerned with religious language.
“Is it the first Sunday of Lent or the first Sunday in Lent?”
“That’s called a CHASUBLE – how could you not know that?”
“Dip it in the cup? Oh, you must mean intinction. ”
It may surprise you, but Jesus never uses any of those words; in fact, they aren’t in the Bible at all. “But we proclaim Christ crucified… Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” That’s it! God becoming human, dying, and defeating death because God loves us. In the night times of our lives, often the simplest things – the presence of God, communion with our “family” – are what get us through. All that Jesus really asks is to follow in the example of Jesus’ life. “Whoever serves me must follow me…” And in the very next verse we read “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’?” The beauty of Christ being human is that even this God-human struggled with the task before them. Christ experienced humanity and understands. Jesus walked in the night, and if we follow Jesus, Jesus will be with us in our darkest journeys.
Do not be afraid, I am with you I have called you each by name Come and follow Me I will bring you home I love you and you are mine