We 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 which we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began.
It is a wisdom that none 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 eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, 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 reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God.
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, speaks of wisdom – an extraordinary wisdom predestined for our glory before the ages began.
And yet that extraordinary wisdom is entrusted to very ordinary people
It is perhaps helpful to remember that although this wisdom is salvation for us, it is ministered to very ordinary people by very ordinary people (remember the 2nd reading last week and the week before?) and in very ordinary places and circumstances.
How gracious is God, how respectful of our condition! He calls us on to what is extraordinary, through the deeper owning of the ordinariness of ourselves.
- What is extraordinary about faith as you experience it?
- What is ordinary about it?
Corinth. (In the middle distance the arched Bema at which Paul preached.) (c) 2006, Allen Morris.