Friday, 26 September 2008

Opening of the college year

Last Tuesday we celebrated the Mass for the Opening of the college year, and Wednesday we started our first classes. Fr. John Harris OP came into the first class to bless the classroom, and as part of the small ceremony used a piece of scripture of which the following is an abstract (1 Cor 1 if I remember correctly):

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

When this was read out it did strike me in a profound way. Particular the emphasis on the lack of the wisdom of our selves, but the grace that comes forth out of a true relationship with Christ. "God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise". It reminded me of St. Thomas Aquinas and his emphasis on prayer, it reminded me that theology is done on ones knees, in communion with God.

I think it was a very fitting reading as a reminder that we are doing everything for the greater glory of Christ, and not for our own glory. We do it to personally come closer to Christ. In the Dominican tradition, we contemplate Christ, and bring the fruits of this contemplation to others: contemplari et comtemplata aliis tradere.

It is hard to say why this piece of scripture made such a particular impression, something I cannot bring to words, but I know that I am really looking forward to this year of studies to deepening my understanding and relation with God, and I trust in His help during the year.

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