The Cross: Window into God’s World

“The cross reveals the way God is by revealing the way God works in the world: through foolishness and weakness, at least as they are normally measured, rather than through wisdom and might, at least as they are normally measured. Christ, Paul says, is ‘the power of God and the wisdom of God’ (1 Cor. 1:24), and in context, this can only mean that Christ crucified is the power and wisdom of God.

The crucified Messiah ‘became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption’ (1 Cor. 1:30). That is, God’s traditional attributes (wisdom, power, justice, holiness, etc.) are revealed on the cross in radically non-traditional ways. This claims means, then, that the cross is a divine revelation – a theophany. In it we see the face of God – the face of sacrificial love, powerful weakness, and wise folly that redeems the world. It is, for Paul and for us, a mystery and a paradox – but it is the heart of the gospel.”

(Michael J. Gorman, Reading Paul, pg. 81)

Wishing all a blessed Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.