“But our sufficiency is of God,” writes St. Paul in his epistle lesson to us today. This, combined with the Gospel lesson’s account of Jesus healing the deaf and mute man, and the reminder in the Collect for the 12th Sunday after Trinity that God is, “always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give us more than either we desire or deserve,” and this Sunday provides us a necessary reminder that we can and must depend upon God in our lives. He is the one who has power over body and soul, to deliver and to restore, and who desires to give us His grace and mercy, even when we don’t deserve it.
As you ponder this reality today, examine your own life in an effort to discover whether there are areas in which you are not resting on God’s sufficient grace and mercy. Give those to Him. He can restore that which we thought was irretrievably lost; He can heal that which we thought was irreparably broken. May we be humble enough to ask for His help, faithful enough to trust in His remedies, and grateful enough to share with others about the wonderful work He has accomplished in us.
The believer comes to fear. The one who has fear is humbled. The one who is humbled becomes gentle; he has adopted a behavior which renders inactive the movements of the anger and lust. The one who is gentle keeps the commandments. The one who keeps the commandments is purified. The one who is purified is illumined. And the one who is illumined is judged worthy to sleep with the Word-Spouse in the inner chamber of the mysteries.
~ St. Maximus the Confessor