This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer from St. Francis’ Canticle
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing.
—To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no one is worthy to utter your name.
Praise God among his holy ones.
Praise him in the stronghold of his power.
Praise him for his mighty deeds.
Praise him for his exceeding greatness.
Praise him with a blast of the trumpet.
Praise him with harp and lyre.
Praise him with drum and dance.
Praise him with strings and pipes.
Praise him with sweet tinkling cymbals.
Praise him with loud crashing cymbals.
Let every breath praise the Lord!
From Basil’s On the Judgment of God
After a long time in this state of indecision, and while I was still busy searching for the cause of it, I remembered something in the Book of Judges which tells how “everyone did what he saw as right;” (Judges 21:25) and gives this as the reason, “In those days there was no ruler in Israel.” Remembering these words, I applied the explanation to the current circumstances which—as incredible and frightening as it may be—is truly pertinent when understood, for never before has there been such discord and quarreling among the members of the Church as now as a result of turning away from the one, great and true God, the only king of the universe. Each person abandons the teachings of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and makes it his personal right to decide certain issues for himself, making his own private rules, and preferring to exercise leadership in opposition to the Lord’s, rather than being led by the Lord.
You have created us, O God, to enjoy the glorious liberty of your children (cf. Romans 8:21b), but true freedom can only be seen against the background of accurate knowledge. I may be free to walk on water, but an accurate knowledge of physics tells me this would lead to my drowning. May an accurate knowledge of you and your truth enable me to explore and embrace all that is licit, useful and beneficial to me, while avoiding all that is illicit, counter-productive and detrimental to me. Amen.