“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (τοῖς ἀπολλυμένοις), but to us who are being saved (τοῖς σῳζομένοις) it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Cor 1: 18-20)
Today, those of us on the Older Calendar begin the Dormition Fast, while those of us on the “New” Calendar complete it and begin to celebrate the great feast of the Mother of God’s Dormition. Regardless of where we find ourselves within the awkward reality of different church-calendars, St. Paul refers to all of “us” as those who are “being saved,” as distinct from those who “are perishing.” In other words, we are all works-in-progress, wilfully undergoing the healing-process called “salvation” on the powerful, light-giving, cross-carrying journey. It’s a choice we make daily, this path, travelled also by “the power and wisdom of God,” our Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning let me choose, once again, to embrace “the power and wisdom of God,” rather than the merely-human “wisdom of the wise” or voices in my own head. Let me walk through my responsibilities, in God’s light and lightness, rather than avoid them, or be overwhelmed by them in self-reliance or self-centered fear. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,” Christ says to me today, “for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is good, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11: 29-30)