Sunday, February 23, 2014

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God." And what is that wisdom? The only good enemy is a dead enemy? Violence solves problems? Might makes right? How many of us will listen to today's Gospel and then declare, if only in our hearts, that it is Jesus who is the foolish one? Love our enemies? Show them kindness and mercy? We scoff at such notions on a daily basis. But what if Jesus is not alone in challenging our conventional wisdom? Just this month, former California congressman Pete McCloskey, a war hero if ever there was one, finally fulfilled a fifty year old desire to "salute, shake hands and embrace one of those kids" whom he fought against during the Korean War. And the result of this encounter? "We ended up friends." Foolishness indeed.