You probably don’t think of acting foolish as a good habit as it typically means to lack good sense or judgement. Yet, being foolish is exactly what we are called to do in this Sunday’s second reading: “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong.”
As children, being foolish wasn’t something we thought twice about; in fact, it was probably something that was more akin to normal than anything else. As we grow older, the world teaches us that acting this way is not the most socially acceptable behavior. Being foolish is synonymous with being childlike, and we know that Jesus wants us to be more childlike in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
The adult in me feels the pressure of this not being “appropriate” behavior for a store, but the love for my daughter, which is stronger, reminds me that it’s ok. God’s love for us tells us that channeling the inner childlike innocence is something we should do more.
Being foolish can also involve being humble which we are told to seek in Sunday’s first reading. Being humble means overcoming our pride and admitting we were wrong; it means taking a back seat for someone else to shine; it means letting go of feelings of anger and hurt to allow forgiveness; it means being poor in spirit, being unafraid to mourn, being meek, thirsting for righteousness, being merciful and clean of heart, and being a peacemaker. All three of our readings this Sunday point to how acting foolish can bring us closer to God. So as you go about your week, think of ways in which you can let go of trying to act wise and proud, and seek humility… and be more foolish.