The WEEKLY BLOG
22nd September 2019
In our reading Paul describes his message of Christ's death on the cross as being a stumbling block for Jews and as foolishness for non-Jews. But, he says, the cross is actually the power and wisdom of God. This apparent contradiction between how something looks or sounds and reality is called a paradox. An Orthodox commentator wrote this abut the paradox of the cross:
'The Precious Cross of Christ is a paradox:
It is precisely in dying to ourselves that we are reborn.
It is through dying to ourselves that we find our true self, made in the image and likeness of God.
It is through dying to ourselves that we are finally able to love God and others.
It is through dying to ourselves that we finally find peace and true joy.
It is through dying to ourselves that we are no longer obsessed with ourselves!
By accepting the cross we no longer fear suffering or death.
By dying to ourselves, carrying our cross, and following Christ, we can become one with Him.'