Purple Rain: 3rd Sunday of Lent

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“If you think that you are wise in this age,
you should become fools so that you may become wise.”

– 1 Corinthians 3:18

trinity symbol1 Corinthians 1:22-25

Brothers and sisters:
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Reflection Questions

  1. Do I seek wisdom and signs? Or am I able to be a “fool for Christ”, simply trusting?
  2. St Paul uses phrases like “the weakness of God”. Does this language challenge me?
  3. Where in my life do I notice the tensions of the good spirit and the evil spirit?

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  1. 1. I was always one for seeking .. wisdom, signs, answers. Now I’m beginning to see the value in surrendering, letting God, trusting, being that fool for Christ.
    2. The language “the weakness of God” does indeed challenge me. For in my mind, He is mighty. Perhaps His ‘weakness’ would be that He allows us free will, which means He must watch us stumble and lose sight of Him. I’m thinking here of the image of Christ knocking on a door, a door that doesn’t have a handle, because we must open it from the inside and let Him in. Perhaps, that is God’s ‘weakness.’ Yet, when I reflect on it, it seems more like a strength.
    3. Daily. In small, seemingly innocuous things. Like this almost innate human desire to judge, to gauge worthiness, to want to hurt those who’ve hurt me. And in the desire to do the right thing, even when it seems difficult and maybe not in my self-interest. In the battle of relativism in our culture.

    Thank you for this, it’s given me much to ponder.

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