This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
May I never be without kindness and loyalty, may they be a stole around my neck.
—That I might enjoy favor and good repute
in the sight of God and others. (Cf. Prov. 3:3&4)
O Lord, the king will rejoice in your power, and your protection makes him happy indeed. You have granted him his heart’s desire
and fulfilled all the wishes he voiced.
You have planned for him blessings of kindness, and placed on his head a crown of precious stones. He asked you for life, and you gave it to him,
long life, forever and ever.
His glory is great because of your protection,
and you will crown him with glory and honor,
for you will give him an everlasting blessing,
you will make him happy with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord,
and by the mercy of the Most High he will not be toppled.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #43 cont.
By practicing humility according to the standard set by Jesus Christ,
superiors should make themselves into an exact copy of him, for he said, “Learn from me because I am gentle and humble of heart.” (Matt. 11:29) So then, a habitually mild disposition and heartfelt humility should characterize the superior. If the Lord (who himself said, “I am among you as one who serves”) was not ashamed to serve his own servants, and was willing to be a servant to dust and dirt which he had formed and shaped into a human being, what must we do to our peers that we might have some confidence that we have succeeded in imitating him? This, then, is one quality with which the superior should be endowed.
O Lord, how easy it is to slip from being grateful for the endowments and opportunities you provide me to being boastful, and then even arrogant, as if they were mine to begin with, and all of my doing. Keep me planted in the truth that every opportunity I have comes from you, and my every skill and accomplishment in my life is rooted in the foundation you laid in creating me. In this way I will enjoy the fruits of success without offending you like the boasting Pharisee, claiming what is rightfully yours as my own and thus making me a thief. Amen.