This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, May 22, 2017
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
“This is the reason why Christ died for sin,
a just man for the sake of the unjust;
—that he might lead us to God…
having been made alive in the Spirit.” [I Peter 3:18]
You are my hope, O Lord;
I make the Most High my steady refuge!
Nothing bad shall overtake you,
the scourge shall not approach your dwelling.
For he has given his angels instructions about you
to watch over you wherever you go.
They will lift you up in their hands
to prevent you stubbing your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the cobra and the viper,
you will trample on the lion and the dragon.
(the Lord responds)
He has hoped in me and I will rescue him.
He has known my name and I will protect him.
I will be with him in oppression,
I will deliver him and glorify him.
I will content him with long life
and show him my salvation.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 28
What attitude should we have toward those who do not keep the rule?
Initially, we should be compassionate toward those who are not living up to their obligations, as we would toward any sick or handicapped person. The superior should attempt to cure this condition by private intervention. But if a person persists in this failure and is not open to improvement, that individual should be publicly reprimanded. If this has no effect, then that member must be dismissed. This same discipline must be applied to those to are hostile to the Lord’s commandments, or who create obstacles to their keeping. A mistaken kindness is like that of Eli toward his sons (Cf. I Sam. 1:12-17 & 27-36). Feigning kindness to the wicked is to betray truth, an act of treachery toward the community, and a way to become indifferent to evil.
Almighty Father, here at the end of the paschal season make us remember, not only the events of your Son’s ministry, death and resurrection, but also to be aware of the fruits of these mysteries, fruits which may not yet have ripened, nor even appeared. Make us ever watchful to take every opportunity to cultivate these fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness and self-control. Now as this sacred season draws toward it climax, may we not relax our diligence but continue on with determination to become more like him. Amen.