Grace Sufficient (Sun. Oct. 18)

The word of the day is “sufficient.” In our reading of 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, St. Paul discloses his inner life’s secrets. The Apostle has been provoked.  His opponents have boasted that their qualifications for leadership are greater than Paul’s. Though he calls it “boasting,” the Apostle answers their bragging with a summary of the dangers, hardships, and sufferings that he has endured.  He then speaks of “visions and revelations” of his mystical experience when he was taken up to the third heaven and into Paradise (vs. 2:4). Boasting Qualified by Humility But as spectacular as Paul’s report of his spiritual experience is, it comes with a qualification.  He frames his narrative of his spiritual feats with two expressions of humility. …