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The Message of the Cross Is Foolishness

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (I Cor. 1:18)

If ever there’s a time when the world finds Christianity foolish, this is it. These three days. Starting with Friday, the most terrible of all: someone deliberately choosing to die a horrible death, not for anything they did, but for something others did. The women who didn’t run away, who stood at the foot of the cross for the horrific hours it took Jesus to die. The fact that people still followed him, even as he was dying, when there was a good chance that others could be seized and killed as well.

What kind of religion worships a god who dies? How utterly foolish is that? Catholics wear crucifixes around our necks and place them on our walls. How foolish, to the world, to be so attached to an instrument of torture!

Saint Paul writes that the message of the cross—that Jesus died deliberately and with an open heart so that we might live—is foolishness to those who don’t believe. And there it is: the crux of our faith. The despair of Good Friday can only be felt by Christians—otherwise, Jesus’ death is nothing but an interesting historical footnote.

And then the hush and the misery and the loneliness of Holy Saturday ends and the women who go to Jesus’ tomb find it empty. And in the end, the Resurrection proves that we weren’t fools, after all.

1 thought on “The Message of the Cross Is Foolishness”

  1. And some say the church discriminates against women, and how wrong they are. Let’s look at this. 1.Mary, the one who said yes to God’s plan for our salvation. 2.Mary Magdalene, one of the best disciples and friends of Jesus. 3.The women who had the faith and courage to stand by the cross at their own peril. 4.Who found the empty tomb? Oh yes, a woman! 5.Women are also some of the primary teachers ,workers and evangelists. The Catholic church would be a very sorry place without the influence that women have had by doing God’s work. Thank you Jesus for giving the church the influence of women!!!

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