Why we should identify with people in wheelchairs and their need for access- our own need for The ultimate Ramp: (“a fourfold bridge”) from St. Ephrem the Syrian’s Hymns of the Epiphany No. 10:
. . . 9. His Birth flowed on and was joined to His Baptism;-and His Baptism again flowed on even to His Death; -His Death led and reached to His Resurrection, -a fourfold bridge unto His Kingdom; and lo! His sheep pass over in His footsteps.
10. And like as, save by the door of birth,-none can enter into creation;-so, save by the door of resurrection,-none can enter into the Kingdom,-and whoso has cut off his bridge, has brought to nought his hope.
11. He put on His armour and conquered and was crowned; -He left His armour on earth and ascended,-that if any man desires the crown, -he may resort to the armour and win by it -the crown of victory which he yearns after. . .
In our human weakness- in terms of our “disability in Divine matters,” we need not only ramps, but His “armour” as well. And so ramps, body braces, wheelchairs, and the like are, as it were, types of God’s provision through our Lord Jesus Christ for our entire human race.
So much for our stubborn self-sufficiency!