This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, August 14, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Look, our God is meting out justice;
yes, he will come and save us.
—Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
and the ears of the deaf will hear. (Isaiah 35:4b-5) Come, let us wait upon his word!
Psalm 77(78): 18-22
They tested God in their hearts,
asking for food for sustenance.
They spoke against God and said,
“Surely God cannot set a table in the wilderness! Even though he struck the rock and water flowed and the arroyos were filled,
will he be able to give bread— or set a table for his people?”
And so the Lord head and was put out, and a fire was started in Jacob
and rage ignited in Israel
because they had no faith in God,
nor did they trust in his power to deliver them.
From Saint Basil’s Homily Against Anger, sec. 3.
Do not heal evil with evil, nor attempt to best each other in these matters. In a contest of wickedness the victor is the more miserable and goes off with the greater sin. So do not become the one who repays a debt of evil in full, nor take out a loan of wickedness by greater wickedness. Has someone insulted you in anger? Put an end to the evil by silence. But you, as if feeling the flow of the other person’s anger against your own heart, imitate the wind and deflect what it carried to you. Do not make your enemy your teacher and do not imitate what you hate. Do not, as it were, become a mirror of the one prone to anger, showing a copy of that person in yourself. He has turned red. But are you the color of wine? His eyes are bloodshot. But tell me, do yours look calm? His voice is strident. Is yours gentle?
O Holy Spirit, when God our Savior’s kindness and love for people was revealed, it was for no other reason than that we might be renewed by you! This renewal should be visible, in turn, by our cooperation with the authorities in our lives, our eagerness to do good works, our avoiding of offensive speech, and by our gentle and reasonable disposition toward all. (Titus 3:4&5; 1) Lead me further into this newness of life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.