LET no man deceive himself.
If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Therefore let no man glory in men.
For all things are your’s; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;
And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1 Cor 3:18-21. Today’s reading.
FOR the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor 1:18
‘NOW is the moment for you to open your ears, Beliar.
Now the hour will show you the power of the cross
And the great authority of the crucified.
For you the cross is folly,
But for all creation it is seen as a throne,
Nailed on which Jesus, as though seated,
Hears the thief crying to him,
“Lord, remember me in your kingdom”,
And answers as from a tribunal,
“Today, poor beggar, you will reign with me.
For with me you will go in
Again to Paradise.”’
St Romanos the Melodist, Kontakion 22 “On the Victory of the Cross”, Stanza 9. The speaker is Hades, as it is harrowed by Christ. Translation from Anastasis.