1 Corinthians 1:21-25 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
The image of Jesus falling under the tremendous burden of his cross conveys his humanity. One like us in all things but sin, Jesus knew the sufferings of this world. Paul understood the apparent “foolishness” of the cross, the weakness it conveyed. Yet he had
faith in the greater wisdom of God that shines forth in the weakness. True weakness, surrender to God’s will, is the path to true strength.
Meditations from our Preachers
From Fr. Andrew Manning
This fall is a brutal reminder that Jesus was fully man. He was not clinging to His equality with God and simply going through the motions to appease us. The fall shows that Jesus is truly empathetic to us, he suffers with us, he goes all the way with us. There is no depth of weakness that God has not joined us in. When we hit rock bottom, the fallen Jesus of the Cross is a reminder that he is there with us. He knows what it is like to have a cross that is too heavy to bear.
Think of the times you have fallen under the weight of your cross. Lie there and see Jesus face looking with you, at you and loving you. Oh the depths of His love for you.
Lord, when I stumble and fall, help me to get up and resume walking the path of righteousness, truth, justice and peace. Teach me the humble wisdom whose source is your eternal father. Amen.