Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Reflection: The “world’s” wisdom is to separate – to create boundaries between nations, races, genders, generations, sexualities and any other characteristic we can think of. But this is not the wisdom of Paul. It was Jesus’ confrontation of systems of oppression and inequality that got him crucified. That’s why Paul says that the rulers of this world cannot understand God’s plan – grace makes no sense against the exclusive values upon which our world is built. But, once we have been captured by Jesus’ vision of God’s Reign, once we have “bought in” to the quest for a more just and merciful world, the sacrifice of Jesus makes the best sense.
It stands to reason that, in order to confront the evil of human empire, Jesus would allow himself to be destroyed publicly by empire – and then would show that even death could not quench the power of love, grace, and justice. The quote from Isaiah 64:4 that Paul references is actually part of a prayer of confession in which the people acknowledge how they have failed to live by God’s values.
Yet, here Paul reveals that in God’s Spirit, God has given us the power we need to live the Jesus way. Because of this, we have Christ’s mind, which means that we are able to live from Jesus’ gracious perspective and values. How can you open your mind to receive more of God’s Spirit and of Jesus’ mind, today?
Practice for Today: The Bible is often used to justify unloving acts, but, when we listen to the Bible, we cannot help but see God’s grace shining through. Today, spend time reading as much of the Bible as you can, and allow its message of grace to touch your heart.
Prayer for Today: Give me the mind of Christ, O God, so that I may understand your gracious and loving mission.
Communion with God