I have about 15 minutes this morning before I need to get ready for work, so why not tackle the subjects of Right and Wrong, Shame and Guilt. Wisdom and Silence. Atonement.
Past few days I have been struck by the following passage in Corinithans. Specifically the last paragraph.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Corinthians 18:31.
God chose the foolish to shame the wise.
Shame is a beautiful sign of the Truth. It is the recognition innately that something is wrong, off balance. That something needs to be atoned. It is not an imposed Catholic thing, but rather a physical understanding of Right and Wrong. And it lives within the heart, where that fault line lies, to keep us, at-one. Guilt is a gift. Guilt brings hope.
Christ was crushed by the weight of our guilt in the garden. He was shamed. He atoned for our sins. Let us keep that in our heart daily, as a reminder of the path we need to take.