On this Third Sunday of Lent, St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians says: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” When we hear the word “foolish” we generally think of something as being a little crazy. When St. Paul uses the word, it makes us stop and ask the question, what is “real” wisdom and where does it come? Its author is none other than God, the Creator. Sometimes the real “fools” are those who think that they know everything and are really lacking in true wisdom, knowledge and experience. This is an interesting quote from St. Paul – stop and think it over.

This Sunday, our Elect experience the  first of three Scrutinies during the 5:00 Mass. These are rites that are meant to heal weaknesses and to strengthen the calling of these individuals as they move toward baptism and full participation in the life of the church. They can also be effective in the lives of all those who are participating in the Mass at which they are celebrated. Our prayers continue to accompany both the elect as well as those who are the candidates. Soon, we will be “one” at the Eucharistic table.

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.