It is interesting that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day were the same day, this year, but even more ironic is Easter and April Fool’s day are on the same day as well.
Maybe that is not so surprising for there are many around us in this day and age who think the whole Christian thing is foolish and a joke. Many are even arrogant about it. We should not be surprised for (Paul mentioned the same thing in his letter to the Corinthians 1-22:31 - 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”)
Those who are critical of Christianity have the same aspirations, needs, and fears as anyone else. They look at us who claim belief in Jesus Christ. They look at us to see if we walk the walk that we talk about. They like it when we don’t for it reinforces their belief about foolishness, but when they see that we are attempting to walk the walk that we talk about, they take notice as well. A good question for us to look at in lent is how our behavior presents the good news or the bad.
This is the first note from me as I begin my ministry here at St. Thomas and I am honored to be here.