Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Paul says in I Corinthians 1 that “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The prophetic word, which Paul proclaims has always been scorned during the days of the prophet Isaiah, in the first century, and it is most certainly mocked in our day. But this is what the gospel becomes: an odious scent of death to unbelievers or a pleasant and sweet aroma to those in Christ. The word of the cross is the word that turns the world upside down. Unbelievers can humbly submit to it or they can be destroyed by it. The cross is our life and the cross is our word; in the cross, paradoxically we find life. In His death, we are saved. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Glorious Christ, by your stripes we are healed. Grant us the joy to know that we are a redeemed people; through your death you have united us to yourself causing us to be heirs of a new world where You reign with the Father, and the Spirit; One God in Three Persons; world without end. Amen.