This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Trinity Sunday (The Sunday After Pentecost)

An Invitation to Prayer

God said, “Let us make human kind in our image and likeness.”
—And God created humanity, both men and women,
to resemble him. (Cf. Genesis 1:26-27)

Psalm 118/119

Heth

The Lord is my portion,
and I declared that I will keep your law.
I have implored you with all my heart;
have mercy on me as you said you would.
I considered your ways,
and turned my feet to your testimonies.
I was ready and did not hesitate to keep your decrees.
The traps of sinners snagged me,
but I did not forget your law.
I get up at midnight to acknowledge you
because of your fair judgments.
I am a partner to all who fear you,
all those who keep you precepts.
The world is full of your mercy, O Lord;
teach me your decisions.

From St. Basil’s book On the Holy Spirit, chapter five, addressing Romans 11:36

Paul writes to the Corinthians (I 8:6) “There is one God the Father for us from whom all things come (even we for him), and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things exist (even we through him).” This doesn’t mean the Father relegates creation only to himself and leaves the maintenance to the Son, leaving nothing for the Holy Spirit (as some maintain from their forced definitions of the phrases), for these are the words of a writer who is not defining something, but carefully distinguishing between the persons. St. Paul’s objective in expressing it that way was, not to make a distinction between the divinity of the two, but to express the idea that the Father and the Son are distinct persons.

It is perfectly plain from a similar passage that these phrases do not stand in opposition to each other, like armies facing each other in a war so as to bring the (divine) nature to which they are applied into conflict between the two, for Saint Paul brings both phrases to bear upon one and the same subject in the words: “All things come from him and through him and for him.” (Romans 11:36) That this plainly refers to the Lord will be admitted by anyone paying even scant attention.

A Prayer

When you created Adam in the beginning, O Creator blest,
you said, “Let us make him in our image.”
With the presence and action of the Holy Spirit
renew that image in us so that we act like you!