09
FEB
2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (12 February)

 

First letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians: 2:6-10

But we still have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity: not a philosophy of our age, it is true, still less of the masters of our age, which are coming to their end.  The hidden wisdom of God that we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be of our glory before the ages began.  It is a wisdom that one of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory, we teach what scripture calls: the things that no eyes has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the human mind, all that God has prepared for those who love him. These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reached the depths of everything, even the depths of God.

 

Reflection

In his opening address in 1Corinthians Paul reminds his correspondents of their vocation to be saints. In this extract from Chapter 2, he speaks of the wisdom of God, not a worldly wisdom that the rulers of this world have not known. Consequently, they were responsible for the crucifixion of Our Saviour.

Paul tells the Corinthians that the wisdom he speaks of is hidden and mysterious, a wisdom that, before the beginning of time, God had decreed would lead believers in Christ to heavenly glory. It was hidden from worldly rulers and consequently they crucified Christ.

Paul states that the human mind cannot conceive of the glorious future being prepared for those who believe in and love God.

Sr. Honor McCabe OP

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