Fools for Christ | Wisdom Wednesday

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Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but we should remind ourselves every day that the Wisdom the Spirit offers us is different than the wisdom of this world. The wisdom of this world tells us to be opportunistic, to boast, to take advantage of others, to put ourselves first, to seek power. This "wisdom" is foolishness to God. 

But that's OK, because the Wisdom of God is foolishness to the world. The Wisdom of the Spirit tells us to submit to humiliation, to defer to others, to shirk power, to choose silence over boasting. The Wisdom of the Spirit tells us to die on a cross! Early Christians were often called "fools for Christ", and they owned this. We are happily fools in the opinion of the world if it means we can receive the Wisdom of the Spirit: Jesus Christ himself!

As we heard in the Gospel reading at today's Mass, we're blessed in all those ways that the world rejects or laughs at us. We're blessed if the world thinks we are foolish, if the world denounces us, if we are poor in the things of this world. We are blessed if we do not reap the rewards that the world offers us, because all the rewards of the world are foolishness to God. 

Lord give us your gift of Wisdom. Help us to know the difference between the wisdom of the world and the Wisdom of Your Spirit. Let today's Gospel message give us hope:

                           Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.

09/10/2014

Fools for Christ | Wisdom Wednesday