This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer (PsSol 5:11&14)
You feed rulers and their people, O God.
Who is the hope of the poor and needy, if not you?
—Your gifts are great and kind,
and those who trust in you should be generous.
O God, with our own ears we have heard—
our ancestors have told us—
about the deeds you did in their days,
in days of old.
Your hand wiped out nations
for you to plant them.
You were harsh with them
and evicted them.
Not by their own sword did they inherit the land,
and their own arm did not deliver them,
but it was your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
because you loved them.
You are truly my king and my God
who decrees the deliverance of Jacob.
By you we will gouge our enemies,
and by your name we will annihilate
those who rise against us.
For I will not trust my bow,
and my sword will not save me.
For you have delivered us from those who afflict us,
and shamed those who hate us.
God will be our boast all day long,
and we will acknowledge your name forever.
From Basil’s letter #22, On the Perfection of Solitary Life, cont.
The Christian should not seek honors, nor claim precedence (Mk 9:37). Everyone should put all others before himself (Phil. 2:3). The Christian should not be unruly (Tit. 1:10). He who is able to work should not eat the bread of idleness (2 Thes. 3:10), but even the one busy with good deeds for the glory of Christ ought to force himself to actively participate in such work as he can (1 Thes. 4:11). Every Christian should do everything with such care and deliberation, even down to actual eating and drinking, as done for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). The Christian should not wander from one job to another without the approval of those who are appointed to coordinate such matters, unless some unavoidable situation suddenly demands his assistance. Everyone ought to remain in his appointed post, and not go beyond his own bounds and intrude into what is not his responsibility, unless the proper authorities judge someone to be in need of such help. No one ought to be found wandering from one workshop to another. Nothing ought to be done out of rivalry or in strife with another.
Make us grateful, O God, not simply for the goods and resources your Providence has given us, but also for the people with whom we share our life: our family, our colleagues, our associates and even the nameless masses whom we pass on the street. We do not know what they do, but in some measure our lives and happiness may depend on them. Amen.