Wisdom or Foolishness?

In
today’s first reading, Wisdom invites everyone to her house. Even
the ignorant and foolish are promised that they can become wise, if
they sit down and eat with her. Paul, too, urges the Christians
living in Ephesus to live sober, sensible lives, like intelligent
people. But in the Gospel, Jesus confronts his disciples with a
teaching that seems to fly in the face of common sense. They must eat
his flesh and drink his blood, in order to have eternal life. Many of
his disciples rejected this idea, and gave up following him. It’s a
teaching that is incomprehensible, if we think in worldly terms. Only
our faith tells us that the Body and Blood of Christ which we receive
in the Eucharist is God’s promise of everlasting life.

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