Sharing on August 27, 2010 Eucharistic Celebration on the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 1:17-25: (Reflection by Bro. Rustico)

“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength” (1Cor. 1:25).

Employing the hermeneutics of affirmation on this particular passage from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, I have reflected that what makes God’s foolishness wiser than human wisdom, and His weakness stronger than human strength is His power to love us and not His power to dominate us.

As Joe De Mesa, our speaker, puts it, God is really crazy about us. He is really in love with us that He can do something “stupid”, like that loving father in the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”, to ensure us of our well-being and happiness.

As one experiences God’s unconditional love, he/she is enabled to see his/her own worth as a child of God, and be able to embrace the value of being loved and to love in return.

Usually, we tend to measure God’s love or “kagandahang-loob” by our human standard. That had been the struggle of Jesus’ disciples. Their expectations of Him were solely based on their human standard. That’s why, they frequently failed to see wisdom in His words and actions.

God’s love, however, is so powerful that whenever we experience it in our lives, we are enthusiastically drawn  to transcend our human ways into God’s ways.

Let me share with you the poem entitled, “This Jesus Challenges Me” by Pe. Zezinho, SCJ of Brazil:

I am FURIOUS, and he tells me: FORGIVE!

am AFRAID, and he tells me: TAKE COURAGE!

I have DOUBTS, and he says to me: HAVE CONFIDENCE!

I feel RESTLESS, and he says to me: BE CALM!

I prefer to go MY OWN WAY, and he tells me: COME AND FOLLOW ME!

I make MY OWN PLANS, and he says to me: FORGET ABOUT THEM!

I aim towards MATERIAL GOODS, and he says: LEAVE THEM BEHIND!

I want SECURITY, and he says: I PROMISE YOU ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

I like to live MY OWN LIFE, and he says: LOSE YOUR LIFE!

I believe I AM GOOD, and he tells me: GOOD IS NOT SUFFICIENT!

I like to BE THE BOSS, and he says: SERVE!

I like to COMMAND OTHERS, and he says: OBEY!

I like to UNDERSTAND, and he says: BELIEVE!

I like CLARITY, and he speaks to me in PARABLES.

I like POETRY, and he speaks to me in REALITIES.

I like my TRANQUILITY, and he likes me to be DISTURBED.

I like VIOLENCE, and he says: PEACE BE WITH YOU!

I draw the SWORD, and he says: PUT THAT AWAY!

I think of REVENGE, and he says: OFFER THE OTHER CHEEK!

I speak of ORDER, and he says: I HAVE COME TO BRING THE SWORD!

I sow HATRED, and he says: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES!

I try to sow HARMONY, and he says: I HAVE COME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH!

I like to be the GREATEST, and he says: LEARN TO BE AS SMALL AS A CHILD!

I like to remain HIDDEN, and he says: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!

I look at the BEST PLACE, and he says: SIT AT THE LAST BENCH!

I like to be NOTICED, and he says: PRAY IN YOUR ROOM BEHIND LOCKED DOORS!

No, I don’t understand this Jesus.

He provokes me. He confuses me.

Like so many of his disciples

I, too, would like to follow another Master

who would be more certain and less demanding.

But I experienced almost the same as Peter:

“I do not know of anyone else,

WHO HAS THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE!”

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