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The Scandal of the Cross

There are those today who preach a version of Christianity that abrogates the cross with codicils and bromides. Drawing from the well of broken Christianity, they justify themselves with the oft-repeated refrains of "once saved, always saved," "faith alone," and "scripture alone". Wittingly and irresponsibly, they convince themselves that the cross is passé, an unneeded and unwanted reminder of an ugly episode from long ago that gets in the way of their comfortable lifestyles and socially-acceptable Christianity.

St. Paul reminds us 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 of our duty to preach the cross and live what it teaches.

"For 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."

Meditate on the cross of Christ, for it is our destiny and the certain path of salvation.


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