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

Devotion for Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Second Sunday of Lent

An Invitation to Prayer

The gateway of Lent opens wider,
and the course lies before us.
—Let us arise with greater fervor
and welcome the opportunity God gives us.

Psalm 31/32:1-5

Blessed are those whose offences are forgiven,
whose sins are absolved.
Blessed is the person that the Lord will not indict for sin,
whose mouth is free of treachery.

Because I kept silent, my bones got old
from my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand pressed upon me;
I was made miserable, stuck with a thorn.

I acknowledged my sin,
and did not hide my offence.
I said, I will openly confess my wrong to the Lord,
and you forgave the gross disrespect in my heart.

The conclusion of Basil’s Preface to the Long Rules

Things which may be puzzling can be more easily understood by the earnest study of several people together since, to be sure, God grants a resolution under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as Christ himself promised. Just as I face condemnation if I do not attend to my obligation to preach the Gospel, so you face a similar danger if you are remiss, first, in learning—and then half-hearted in observing and fulfilling—the precepts handed down to us. Let us pray, therefore, that I may fulfill my ministry of the Word blamelessly, and that my teaching may be fruitful in you. Knowing, as we do, that the words of Scripture (Ps 49:21) will confront us at the tribunal of Christ, “I will accuse you and lay the charge before you.” Let us attend with all sobriety to the words of divine teaching and hurry to put them into practice, for we do not know the day nor the time when our Lord will come.

A Prayer

Give me a soldier’s courage, O Lord, to scout my soul, to ferret out my sins and shortcomings and to admit my wrongs. May this season of spiritual renewal provided me with renewed spiritual vigor by your grace, that I might serve you the better. Amen.