This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, July 13, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us keep our Father’s words
and plant his law within ourselves.
—Let us grow strong by honoring the Lord
and we will fear no one else but him! (Cf. Prov. 7:1)
Judge for me, O Lord, for I have made my way in innocence,
and hoping in the Lord I shall not falter.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
test my heart and my feelings.
For your kindness is right before my eyes,
and your truth sits well with me.
I have not taken a seat in a gathering of fools
and will not go along with lawbreakers.
I cannot stand the gathering of the wicked,
and I will not sit down with the ungodly.
I will wash my hands in innocence
and go around your altar, O Lord,
to hear the sound of exaltation
and to proclaim all your wonders.
Lord, I loved the beauty of your house,
and the tenting-place of your glory.
Do not destroy my soul with the ungodly,
nor my life with blood-thirsty people—
with hands full of lawlessness,
and right hands full of bribes.
But I have made my way in innocence.
Redeem me and have mercy on me.
I take a stand in the right place—
in the assemblies I will bless you, O Lord!
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #45, cont.
Having a lieutenant will provide someone who can prudently answer the questions of guests
So that those who need to hear something may be edified by a worthy presentation on the subject, and the rank and file of the community will not be embarrassed. For if everyone took the opportunity to talk indiscriminately, it would be a distraction and a symptom of disorder. St. Paul does not allow several people to speak on the same occasion, even though they may be capable teachers, for he says, “If a revelation comes to another, let the first (one speaking) pause.” (I Cor. 15:30) In addition, he spotlights the absurdity of a lack of order in this regard when he says, “If the whole church is gathered together in one place and everyone is speaking in tongues and strangers or non-believers come in, they will think you are crazy.” (I Cor. 14:23)
Spare us, Lord, in your boundless compassion, and save us for your name’s sake, for we have wasted so much of our time foolishly. Rescue us from the clutches of our adversary. Forgive us the sins on our souls and calm down the compulsive appetites of our bodies, so that we may discard the old humanity and put on the new one, living only for you, our master and benefactor, so that—by keeping your commandments—we may reach that eternal rest where the blessed dwell. Amen!