This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, October 17, 2020
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Jesus Christ has become our God-given wisdom,
our justification, our sanctification and our ransom.
—Come, let us boast in the Lord! (I Cor. 1:30&31)
We cannot see our standards, and there is no prophet,
and you don’t know us anymore.
How long, O Lord, will the enemy disparage us
and the oppressor provoke your name
Why do you hold back your hand—
your right hand in your pocket
But God is our king forever,
he has devised deliverance in the midst of the earth.
You made the sea mighty in your power;
you smashed the heads of the monsters in the water,
giving them as food to the people of Ethiopia.
You opened the springs and the mountain streams
and dried up mighty rivers.
The day is yours, and the night is yours;
you have established sun and moon.
You set all the boundaries of the land;
you made summer and spring.
From An Ascetical Discourse by Basil
So, if we want to enhance the nature of our soul by the quelling of our passions and the imprint of the beauty of God’s likeness so that in this way eternal life may we ours, let us attend to ourselves so as to do nothing unworthy of our promise and thus incur the judgment pronounced on Ananias. To begin with, it was Ananias’ prerogative not to dedicate his property to God. But, from a desire for human respect, for admiration as a generous individual, he did consecrate his possessions to God by a vow, yet kept part of them back. This provoked the Lord’s displeasure against him, with Peter as his agent, to such an extent that he was denied even time for repentance. And so, before making a vow to live the religious life, anyone who wishes may lawfully and licitly follow the way of the world and freely submit to the yoke of wedlock. When, however, by his own consent, a person has been made subject to a greater claim, he should reserve himself for God as a kind of sacred votive offering, in fear of being condemned for sacrilege by defiling again—by a profane way of life—the body consecrated to God by a vow.
O God, to keep one’s word is a matter of honor even more than justice to a person committed to chivalry, and therefore more essential to us who have embraced it willingly. Enlarge my heart that I may live the code of chivalry: to muster my courage and be brave, that I discipline and train myself as a soldier should, that I be of service to others, and that I meld these characteristic into the social and moral aspects of my life, so that I display—by way of being an authentically good example to others—the virtues of a noble