In the name of God ☩ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
If you stop and think about it, what we are all doing this morning is rather audacious. We gather in the name of an executed Jewish peasant, we say that he reveals to us the truest nature of God and the universe, and then we participate in a meal in which we claim that we receive his Body and Blood, which we then consume. It is rather crazy, isn’t it? Faith really is pretty absurd when our Western and so-called “enlightened” minds try to make sense of it. Even in a very different culture and time, St. Paul knew this and mentions in his first letter to the Corinthians that the Cross of Christ is a stumbling block and foolishness. So if St. Paul is right, and I very much think that he is, then that makes us all fools for gathering with the Cross at the center of our worship.