Paul is continuing on with his teaching on the foolishness of the cross. He writes of it being a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. He further writes about the Jews demanding signs and the Greeks seeking wisdom. These were two dominant that the church of Corinth would have found itself living in the middle of. If Paul were writing in our context today, he might have said that North Americans seek self-sufficiency.
Yet it was the way of the cross that Jesus traveled, and that we are called to travel along each Lent. For the foolishness that Paul is calling us to embrace is not our own foolishness, but rather the wisdom of God that appears as foolishness to those who reject God. The way of the cross that we are called to follow is a way that contains the deep wisdom that goes beyond our own, and can only be seen in wisdom as we continue to journey on the way.
Throughout Lent our prayer should be that we are better able to embrace God’s foolishness.