Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
(This morning, at Mass, I was asked to read, and I read. And as I read, these words filled me, and clung to the insides of my mind throughout my day: carless, walking across town and back, with groceries and library books in a sack on my back, in the wind and cold and grey, and later shadeless in the sun.)