Vicar’s Reflection: 8 March 2015, Lent 3
Asking a good question can give an answer with a fresh insight. Such as: What would be a sign that wisdom came from God rather than from human sources? This is the question St Paul must have pondered to write in 1 Corinthians 1 that “the message of the cross is foolishness…”. Yes! Foolishness! -to the Jews because they want a sign, and to the Greeks because they want wisdom. People still look for miracles and rational answers. Instead, God’s wisdom is to send someone to save us, an answer that hurts our pride because we strive so hard to solve our problems with science, technology, education, effort, negotiation, treaties, agreements, and goal-setting and so on. Human wisdom is not to be despised and has achieved much. Our dilemma is that we still need saving. What I look for in God’s wisdom is simplicity, truth, and something that is counter to conventional wisdom. I find this in the wisdom of Jesus who taught that the way we treat the least among us, whether a child or a sick person or a beggar reveals our attitude to God; that we should love our enemies, for God makes the rain to fall on the good and the evil. So what does love of an enemy like ISIS look like? Not warm cosy feelings! Love in such situations means bringing justice accountability for evil actions and compassion and relief to victims.