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

Devotion for Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer from St. Francis’ Canticle

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene-
-And every kind of weather through which
you give sustenance to your creatures.

Psalm 141/142

With my voice I cried to the Lord,
with my words I petitioned the Lord.
I will pour out my supplication in front of him,
I will declare my affliction before him.

As well, you knew my path,
when my spirit was fading from me.
On the way I would go they hid a trap for me.

I would look to my right and see
that there was none who recognized me.
There was no escape for me,
there was none to look out for my life.

I cried to you, O Lord,
and said you are my hope,
my share in the land of the living.
Attend to my petition
because I am brought very low.

Rescue me from those who persecute me,
because they are too strong for me.
Bring my soul out of prison
that I might acknowledge your name, O Lord.
The just will await me
until you compensate me!

A reading adapted from Basil’s Homily on On the Judgment of God

At this point Scripture shows overt evil to be a symptom of evil lurking hidden in the soul. But the Apostle Paul uses a more forceful prod to move the hard-heart to a fear of the judgments of God when he points to the penalty to be inflicted on those who neglect to acquire an accurate understanding of God. What did he say?”Since they did not think it worthwhile to gain an accurate knowledge of God, God gave them up to a perverted mind to do indecent things, completely filled as they were with iniquity, malice, greed, wickedness, full of envy,” and so on.Cf. Rom. 1:28&29

A Prayer

From day to day, O God, I must remember that you have called me to love you with my whole heart, my whole soul and my whole mindcf. Matt. 22:37, and this requires me to remove from all my feelings, attachments and convictions those lusts and prejudices that are opposed to your justice and holiness, the way a diligent gardener weeds the flowerbeds, especially since I may not be aware of them and, left alone, they may soon overtake the good things in me. Move me to make more room for you in my mind and heart by the work of your Holy Spirit.
Amen!