This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, October 22, 2017
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You sent your Holy Spirit from on high
and the ways of those on earth were set aright.
—Humanity was taught what pleases you,
thus saved by Wisdom. (WisSol 9:17b&18)
Come, let us welcome the Wisdom of God!
Hear this, all you nations—
listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
ordinary and high-born, rich and poor alike.
My mouth shall speak wisdom,
and the meditations of my heart, understanding.
I will lend my ear to a parable,
and solve the enigma with my harp.
Why should I be afraid on a bad day,
when lawlessness is all around me at my heel—
those confident of their strength,
and those who boast of their fabulous wealth?
If a brother does not pay ransom, will anyone?
One cannot give God a payment for himself,
nor the cost for redeeming his life,
even if he works forever—and lives that long—
he cannot avoid death
as he sees the wise dying,
the fool and the idiot perishing together,
and leaving their wealth to strangers.
The grave is their home forever,
their dwelling from generation to generation,
though they named their lands after themselves.
From An Ascetical Discourse by Basil
The one who gives up the world must keep his attention locked on these considerations so as to avoid defiling himself—the vessel of God—by corrupting ways. That he who has chosen the way of the angels by crossing the frontiers of human nature to embraced a spiritual way of life must especially keep this in mind. And this is the special characteristic of the angelic nature, to forego the yoke of marriage, to avoid distraction by created beauty, but to be constantly intent on the divine presence. As a consequence, the one who has been raised to refrain from fornication, and that each of you know how to maintain your vessel in holiness and honor, not in lustful sexual appetites.” May your Spirit lead me to this chastity of mind and heart, as well as body. Amen.