Lenten Thoughts from Rowan Williams

Christ on Trial“To put it in rather different and more technical terms, God’s Wisdom is  ‘kenotic’. It defines itself in self-forgetting, self-emptying love of Christ, the eternal Word, who lives a human life for our sake and is obedient to the point of death. Such Wisdom will always be an exile, a refugee, in a world constrained by endless struggles for advantage, where success lies always in establishing your position at the expense of another’s. The first step in acquiring God’s Wisdom is therefore to search for what one recent writer has called the ‘intelligence of the victim’ – not because it is good or holy in itself to be a victim, far from it, but because looking at the world from the point of view of those excluded by its systems of power frees from the need always to be securing our own power at all costs. The victim is the person left over or left out after a system has done its job, and is therefore an abiding challenge to the claim of any system to give a comprehensive solution to human needs and problems.”

Rowan Williams
Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgment (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Cambridge, 2000: pp.45-46)

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