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[I John 3:11–20; Mark 14:10–42] Saint Peter so enthusias tically insisted that he would not re ject the Lord; but when it came down to it, he denied Him, and three times no less. Such is our weakness! Do not rely upon your self, and when you enter into the midst of enemies, place all your hope to overcome them on the Lord. For this purpose such a fall was al lowed to such a great person — so that afterwards nobody would dare on his own to do something good or to overcome some enemy, either in ner or outer. You must hope in the Lord, but not stop trying. Help from the Lord joins our efforts, and thus makes them powerful. If these ef forts are not there, God’s help has nowhere to descend, and it will not descend. But again, if you are filled with self-reliance, and consequently you have no need for help and seek no help — again, God’s help will not descend. How is it to descend when it is considered unnecessary?! Nei ther, in this case, is there anything with which to receive it. It is receiv ed by the heart. The heart opens up to receive through a feeling of need. So both the former and the latter are needed. Say, “Help, O God!” But don’t just lie around.
Saint Theophan the Recluse