This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Monday, December 2, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

November 26

An Invitation to Prayer

The Lord is faithful to those who truly love him,

to those who accept his discipline.

—His devout are the orchard of the Lord,

the trees of life!                         (PsSol 14:1&3b)

 

Psalm 115(116:10-19)

Alleluia!

I believed, so I spoke.

I was terribly humiliated.

I said in my agitation,

“Everyone is a liar!”

 

What can I give to the Lord

for all that he has given to me?

I will take hold of the cup of salvation

and call upon the name of the Lord.

 

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

before all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord

is the death of his devoted ones.

 

I am your servant, O Lord—

I am your servant,

and the child of your servant.

You have pulled apart my chains.

 

I will offer you a sacrifice of praise,

and invoke the name of the Lord.

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

before all his people,

in the courts of the House of the Lord,

in your very midst, Jerusalem.

 

From a letter by Basil, #22, On the Perfection of Solitary Life

The Christian ought not to say anything behind his brother’s back with the aim of slandering him, for this is defamation, even if true. He ought to avoid the brother who says bad things about him. He ought not indulge in joking (Eph 5:4). He ought not laugh, nor keep company with jesters. He must not engage in idle talk, saying things which are of no service to the listeners, except when necessary and permitted us by God (Eph. 5:4) so that workers may do their best to work in silence as far as possible; and that useful talk may be suggested to them by those who are entrusted with the duty of carefully dispensing the word to the building up of the faith, lest God’s Holy Spirit be grieved. No visitor should  be allowed to approach or speak to any of the brothers on his own volition without the approved of those with the responsibility for the general discipline who discern it as pleasing to God and with a view to the common good. The Christian should not be enslaved by wine (1 Pet. 4:3), nor eager for meat, (Rom. 14:21) and, as a general rule, ought not to be a lover of pleasure in eating or drinking (2 Tim. 3:4) for everyone who strives for self-mastery must be temperate in everything (1 Cor. 9:25).

 

A Prayer

O God of creation, as you put the earth to winter’s rest in order to renew it, give peace to our hearts with gratitude and joy that we may praise you with all sincerity and conviction. May the approaching winter holidays move our souls to a greater love for you. Amen.