St. Paul tells us in our second reading that he boasts in the cross of Jesus. To any of his hearers in the first century this would have sounded like madness. Paul can boast in this shameful thing precisely because God has raised Jesus from death and thereby placed the world-the realm of hatred, violence, and division-under judgment. Now we must have the courage to leave the world and enter into the new creation which is the body of Christ.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm – Psalm 8:4-9
Reading 2 – Romans 5:1-5
Gospel – John 16:12-15