Although it may seem that St Paul is having an each-way bet today, he is not. He says that although the Cross is foolishness for the wise and a stumbling block for the Jewish people, there is still a wisdom that is at work here – but it is not a wisdom that is available to everyone. He says that the wisdom (sophia) that the Greeks in general and the Corinthians in particular love so much does still exist – but only for those who are spiritually mature (teleioi), not for those who are infants who haven’t struggled deeply enough with these mysteries. This remains a challenge for us in the church today – when people are used to having everything shared readily pre-prepared and pre-packaged for easy digestion.

Recorded at St Paul’s, 8am (7 mins)