This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, August 8, 2022
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Look! A strong city,
and the Lord’s salvation will be its walls.
—Open the gates and let a righteousness people enter,
a people who value truth. (Isaiah 26:1&2) Come, let us join that company!
Pay attention to my law, my people,
bend your ear to the words from my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables
and recite riddles from ancient times:
all we have heard, all we have known,
and all that our ancestors have taught us.
These things were not hidden
from one generation of their children to the next, proclaiming the praises of the Lord and his sovereignty, and the wonders that he worked.
He raised a witness in Jacob,
and established a law in Israel
which he commanded our ancestors
to make known to their children
so that another generation might know
—the children that would be born—
so that they would rise up and tell them to their children, so that they would put their hope in God
and not forget the works of God
but diligently search out his decrees.
So that they would not be like their ancestors
—a crooked and irritating generation—
which did no set their hearts aright
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
From Saint Basil’s Homily Against Anger.
Breaking out and showing itself visibly, rage gives the angry person an appearance different from his ordinary and familiar look, as if he were changing a mask on stage. Those near him do not see the usual expression in his eyes. Rather, his gaze is frenzied and his eyes burn. He grits his teeth like a boar about to attack. His face turns flushed with blood, his swollen body appears heavy, and his veins are engorged. His breathing is erratic and heavy, as though driven by a storm within. His voice is shrill and badly strained and his speech is halting, spewing out erratically and without context, order or clarity.
Keep me mindful, O Holy Spirit, of the excellent admonition of blessed Peter that I should always be ready to give everyone who asks the reasons for the hope that is in me, and thus to hallow Christ as Lord in my heart. (I Peter 3:15) First, let me always take every opportunity to proclaim the kindness of God, especially to the coming generation, and then to do so in such a courteous way that the message is appealing. Never let me get angry when I am frustrated, even when I feel I am being rebuffed, but make me an agent of peace. Amen.