The collect challenges us to reflect on weakness. How can we celebrate weakness without glorifying it? We can so easily reinforce a culture which acclaims mediocrity, which denigrates comparison and competition, in which standards are so low that there is no striving to reach them.
There is a danger too of applauding those who make a show of their struggles. Just as those who are proud of their humility, or carefully guard the ownership of their poverty, there are some who abuse their weakness as a force. The quiet hard worker whose contribution is invisible because so well prepared may get less recognition. Even in the liturgical sphere some extol the spontaneous over the prepared – as if the Holy Spirit can only act through the impromptu and is absent from hours of careful, prayerful preparation.
Weakness is only positive if it drives us into the sustaining arms of God. If our focus is on our weakness rather than on God, the point of this collect is lost.