Proper 11 – Series B
There dwells in all of us a niggling voice which says that we really are not worthy. If everyone else in church only knew the feelings and passions that roil in my heart, would they really let me in here? I find myself frequently lowering the expectations of others. It could be humility, but I think it is something else. I think it is really a sort of defeatism. I have failed so often, I do not want to disappoint them, and I am not getting my own hopes up too high.
Our readings today challenge our fear of inadequacy, but not our inadequacy itself. The Bible is quite willing to leave us inadequate. It goes on, however, to speak of an indwelling Spirit and Christ which is wholly adequate to any task. The preacher will want to get his congregant to own up to that divine competency which dwells within them.