A wisdom ecclesiology embraces the church’s earthly context—but without romanticizing it.
Season after Pentecost | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14 and 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-12;) Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21
Fun fact: when Paul tells his readers in Colossae to "put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry)," it's an example of a common ancient rhetorical device called a "vice list." (This is not actually fun, but bear with me.)
I’ve been dead a long time, my life hidden in Christ. Paul says the hidden life is a moral one, putting off vices like a set of dirty old clothes. The man could preach fire and brimstone when he wanted to.