Text: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
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