2nd Reading – The Epistle – 2017.01.29
The Weak and the Foolish
Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.
The Art of Persuasion
Speak to the lowly, the outcast, the marginalized. Tell them they are great.
Tell the unloved they are loved. The lonely they are desired.
Tell the sick that they will be well, and the poor that they will be rich.
Speak to what is lacking; state unequivocally that it will be whole.
Reverse everything, it is the art of persuasion.
If you speak to strength as a weakness, you can convince the weak that they are strong.
Give the people something outside of themselves to believe in.
Let it lead them, something that they cannot see, or touch, or hear, as such it will be irrefutable, unassailable, and captivating.
The person who cannot boat of what is food or beautiful in themselves, will boast of their participation in the good and beauty of another, and defend it to the bitter end.
This is the art of persuasion.
The Apostle understood it.
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time