“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed you are still not able , even now, for you are still of the flesh.
This message is not one that I wrote. Read in this context, it sounds harsh, maybe an exhortation to all of you. St. Paul wrote these words (1 Corinthians 3:1-3), but they are still as bold and relevant today for us as they were back then.
When you kneel, what side of the cross do you see?
Are you looking at his body, death, the impossible? Or do you see power and resurrection? The natural eyes are trained to see and perceive what is directly in front of us. The spiritual eyes are trained to see through and above things.
For even if your eye perceives the object in front of you as a dead man on a crucifix, the spirit’s response should know that you are looking at life.
And even if you are not a Christian, isn’t Christ’s message worth living? What other philosophy teaches that you can be forgiven and your life can be resurrected from the dead? In the world of choices we have today in the lives that we lead, our choices are endless. But we ultimately choose how we will live and what we will believe. So even if you may not agree with Christian doctrine, you believe the bible is not real or authoritative, you are not sure if Jesus did what he said he did, you can still choose to live like it. Tell me, what other choice is there? To live a life filled with despair, no hope and nowhere to turn? Or to choose to believe a story that is completely unbelievable.
I had a friend once tell me that even if He wasn’t real, even if that were proven, that she would still follow Him. She would still choose to live this way. This way is transforming, healing, life-changing.
A positive affirmation lasts seconds. Truth seals the soul
Secular inspiration is happiness until it is not. Divine inspiration is lasting joy amidst pain. So even if you struggle with unbelief, even if you are not a Christian or don’t want to call yourself one, why wouldn’t you want to live like one?
The divide between natural and supernatural is thin. Which side of the cross are you looking at? Do you hold onto communion and swallow knowing that it is His body that you are consuming or do you come in, or rather drop in receiving a wafer? This is the message that many didn’t want to hear. To their fleshly ears they were indulging in cannibalism. To the rest who were convinced in the god man, they were participating and taking a piece of Him with them.
You may not see visions, or have had supernatural experiences. You may not have the bible come alive as you would like. But the supernatural is not an other world phenomenon. It is perception and understanding. It is a choice.
Supernatural is choosing to believe that when I take that piece of bread, it is really the body of Christ. It is believing that when Father anoints my daughter with holy chrism that she will be healed. It is believing that when I said my marriage vows before God and His Holy Church that my marriage is impenetrable.
It is believing that when I look at the crucifix the next time I kneel I will see the supernatural. I will see life.
Help me to see the supernatural in all things and don’t let my eyes trick me. Help me to believe in all of the Holy sacraments of the church. Help me to understand that in communion, I am receiving the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Help me believe that this is grace, my spiritual food, that will help strengthen my body and soul without me even realizing it. That it is the medicine to my illness. That it is the answer to my suffering.
In Jesus Name,
For any reading this today that are not believers, I challenge you to sit with it. Really think about and let it stir in your soul. I am not an apologist, but simply a soul who has been touched by the hand of God.