This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, April 18, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Third Sunday of Easter
An Invitation to Prayer
Come, let us adore God the Word
who was born of the Father before all ages.
—For he took flesh of the Virgin Mary
and willingly suffered the cross
and rose in glory. Alleluia!
It is good to acknowledge the Lord,
to sing a hymn to your name, O Most High.
to proclaim your mercy in the morning,
and your truth at night,
on a harp of ten strings,
with a song on the harp.
You have made me happy, Lord,
by what your have accomplished,
and I am glad for the work of your hands.
How you works have been extolled, O Lord;
how very deep your thoughts!
A fool will not know,
and the senseless will not understand this.
Sinners may spring up like grass,
and all the workers of iniquity arise,
only to be utterly destroyed forever and ever.
But you, O Lord, are the Most High through the ages.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 10
Whether all applicants should be accepted, or only certain ones, and whether they should be admitted at once or after probation, and what the period of probation should be.
Since our benevolent God and Savior, Jesus Christ declares and says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you (Matt. 11:28), it is risky to reject those who wish to approach the Lord through us by taking upon themselves his easy yoke and the burden of his counsels which lift us to heaven. But, to be sure, “unwashed feet” should not be permitted access to holy doctrines. Our Lord questioned the youth who approached him about his former life and—learning that he was virtuous—invited him to complete what was still missing for him to be perfect. Only then did he invite him to follow him. And so it is our duty to inquire into the past of a candidate. Only then should we share with him a more advanced training in perfection. On the other hand, those who have lived an indifferent or profligate life and who are only now turning toward the strict life of knowing God should be carefully examined to make sure they are not unstable or fickle.
When you came to your disciples gathered in that Upper Room on the day of your resurrection you asked for food to prove the reality of your rising in a body now glorified, but yet fully human, the body of our original humanity, the body we shall have in your realm. Guide us to govern our human flesh in this life and this world in such a way that it does not impede our transformation in which we put off the old humanity and put on the new, and in which we may walk in newness of life. Amen.