holy fools: Lent 3b

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Welcome to scattered and sown, A weekly guided meditation based on the revised common lectionary

This episode is a meditation based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 the epistle lesson for the Third Sunday in Lent, year B.

Find a quiet place, where you can be undisturbed for a few moments. And, turn off the notifications on your devices.

Get in a comfortable position and close your eyes.

St. Paul wrote

For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

The foolishness of God.

The weakness of God.

These are not categories we typically assign to God, or the things of God. We usually say that the people who do not think as we do, or act as we do, are weak fools.

We recoil when someone calls us weak. We get enraged when someone calls us a fool.

But, God is willing to be foolish for us. God is willing to be weak for us. And why? So that we might be fools for God. So that we might cast off our need for power and dominance and be weak for God.

It’s a crazy kind of vulnerability. But, it’s also a holy vulnerability. It’s a vulnerability which requires a complete release of ego and security.

It’s the kind of vulnerability which might allow a Being such as God to be arrested, beaten, whipped, spat upon, stripped naked, and crucified.

It’s the kind of foolishness that one allows when that one is totally in love with another. It’s the kind of vulnerability that love brings out of us, and requires of us.

Let’s take a few moments to contemplate the crucifixion.

With your eyes still closed, see Jesus in agony in the garden.

See Jesus be chained to the pillar and undergo the scourging. See his body torn apart, so that it barely looks human anymore.

Watch as Jesus is crowned with thorns that pierce his scalp, and the blood flows onto his face.

Watch as Jesus’ body, beaten to a bloody pulp, carries his cross through the streets of Jerusalem. Listen to the crowds mock him and spit on him.

Listen to the nails get pounded into his body, affixing him to the cross.

Watch as the cross is lifted up with him on it. Behold this holy fool, in utter weakness. Behold this holy fool utterly in love with you… in love with those you love, with those who are your enemies, and the whole world.

Now, take a few moments to contemplate how you are a holy fool for Jesus. How do you reflect that kind of love for him, and for those who he calls beloved?

What do you need to let go of to be a fool?

What do you need to let go of to be weak?

Finally, let us with humble hearts pray the prayer Jesus taught us… Our Father.

The Author

follower of Jesus, father of two, husband of one, Episcopal priest, with one book down, one blog up...surrounded by empty jars of nutella