Tuesday, Week of Christ the King

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23

Prayer Pointers:

To not be afraid to be a fool for Christ

In thanksgiving that you are in Christ, and all things are yours

IN THE CENTER OF MOSCOW stands St. Basil’s Cathedral, arguably the most famous image of Russia. Its onion domes and multiple chapels stand over the grave of its namesake: Basil the Blessed, or Basil the Holy Fool (Vasily Yurodivye). Basil is a singular example of a group of men and women who embraced Paul’s call to be foolish for Christ to such a degree that their very lives became a bright light shining on the venality and hypocrisy of the world around them. Even Basil’s Cathedral is crazy, for its domes and chapels are askew, balanced differently depending on which side you stand.

As one commentator on this group (which includes St. Francis of Assisi, among others) remarked, “they are the sanest of men and women, casting their lot entirely on God. So clearly, in an insane world, they appear crazy.”

To the world, we must all appear foolish—perhaps pitiable, perhaps contemptible, but foolish either way. Why take up a way that does not satisfy the self? Why pursue a path that does not bring personal glory? The only answer is that God has us, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, Christ calls to us and we go where the Lord Jesus leads. We are like the man in the parable who finds the unbelievable pearl, the treasure that beats all, and we run to the bank and empty the account so that we might buy that field and have what is beyond price. Let the neighbors laugh, or wag their heads, or stare in disbelief, as we go breathless down the road, our hats and clothes askew—joy is ours.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.