On this Tuesday in Holy Week, the Epistle for the Eucharist is taken from Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth:
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:18-31).
The cross was an instrument of execution. Yet God used it to redeem us, to show us His infinite love for us. That God would do such as thing was deemed to be foolish by the culture of Jesus’ day where the Roman Empire ruled, and where their panoply of gods used humanity as their play things to demonstrate their lust for power. What a strange thing it was for God to be absolutely weak and vulnerable, to have submitted himself to the might Roman Empire and to be crucified. To a world absorbed with the thirst for power and pleasure, it seemed foolish indeed.
Let us pray: O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy Week Schedule:
Wednesday at 6 PM, The Rule of Life, at Trinity, the Rev. Bob Flick.
Maundy Thursday, 6 PM, foot washing, Eucharist, stripping of the altar.
Good Friday, 12 noon, Good Friday Service.
A Galveston Island Episcopal Event
All are invited
Tuesday, April 28th
at St. Augustine of Hippo
(1410 41st Street)
Michael Harvey will be joining us on the Island all the way from Great Britain. He is the founder of Back to Church Sunday, a day we have dubbed in the Diocese of Texas as Invitation Sunday. Michael has spoken across 17 countries and 5 continents about the power of invitation and ministry to visitors and newcomers. He has written the book, Unlocking the Growth which addresses the power of invitation and the potential for the church. He has recently been inducted into the College of Evangelists and become a Visiting Fellow of St. John’s College of Durham University. His humorous and engaging presentation style challenges the individual to simply invite others to church. He presented and was enthusiastically received at past Warden and Vestry Conferences, other churches and last year’s clergy conference. He is back by the invitation of Bishop Doyle and we are thrilled to have him with us for this Galveston Island Episcopal Event. You are invited. Invite others to come to this great event!
Bigmista& Friends BBQ on Saturday, 2 May.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Susan, Liz, Angela, those in the Middle East.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550