St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
1 Corinthians 1:17-25 + Matthew 25:1-13
August 28, 2020
… but we proclaim Christ crucified ….
Have you ever noticed in regard to weddings how many of those who are invited don’t come to the wedding ceremony, but do show up later for the free food, free booze, and the dance? To grasp the significance of how disrespectful this is of the dignity of the wedding, consider the analogy of being invited to someone’s home for an evening. Would you sit at someone’s supper table and only eat the dessert, pushing away the vegetables and the main course?
In all honesty, in our moral and spiritual lives we’re probably more like those wedding invitees than we’d like to admit. We want the joys of being married to Jesus, but we don’t want our lives literally to be wedded to the life of Jesus. This is where we need to reflect further on St. Paul’s words in today’s Epistle: “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified[:] … to those who are called, … Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
On this Friday—the day of the week of Jesus’ Passion and Death—we need to meditate on the scene of Calvary as the wedding ceremony between God and fallen man. Do we want to be hear the Good News on Easter Sunday morning without having shared in the Passion and Death of Christ? Are we like those eleven apostles who betrayed Jesus by their faithless words or by their flight from Jesus? Or are we willing to imitate Our Lady and the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the Cross?