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Lord…We are Nothing Without You
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God” (verses 27-29). This is the paradox through which we understand our Christian faith. This revelation defies the “wisdom” of the world. This is so because, as Paul tells us, “God’s foolishness is wiser than all of human wisdom” (verse 25). This revelation through the Holy Spirit is a rebuke of the arrogance of human pride and boastfulness. And, the irony is that only the humble can understand and rejoice in this wisdom of God. The key is in the language Paul is using. It is the language of irony. For, it is those who consider themselves wise and powerful in the world are the real fools, the truly weak. When the worldly see Christians happily serving others, rather than themselves, or willingly choosing to sacrifice their comfort, even their lives, for the good of others, or joyfully praying for those who persecute them, and forgiving, rather than getting revenge, they identify this behavior as foolishness and weakness. It is because the eyes of those who see themselves as wise and great in the world are blinded by pride that they judge those who humbly believe in Christ as “foolish and weak and nothing” in the world. Only with the eyes of faith can we see that God’s “foolishness” is greater that all of human wisdom. God’s wisdom is revealed here through the prism of Paul’s experience. Mary, Jesus’ mother, revealed this same wisdom in her canticle after being greeted by her…