This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, March 1, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Monday after the Second Sunday of Lent
An Invitation to Prayer
Lent exposes sin and promotes amendment.
It is a season for temperance.
—It brings salvation closer to us,
and leads us to share the life of the angels.
For this reason every devout person shall pray to you at the right time,
beyond the reach of any surging flood of water.
You are my refuge from the affliction that surrounds me;
my joy to rescue me from those encircling me.
[The Lord speaks.]
“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go,
and I will keep my eyes on you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
—bit and bridle in their jaws make them stay by you.”
How many scourges for the sinner,
but the one who hopes in the Lord is enveloped in mercy.
Be glad and rejoice in the Lord, you just;
and boast, all you with upright hearts.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #1
Is there an order, or sequence, in the Lord’s commandments?
The Lord himself answered the lawyer’s question, “Which is the first commandment in the Law?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with your whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” And the second in order, love of neighbor, is like the first but more as a fulfillment of the first and dependent on it. By this and other verses of Scripture we can discover the order and sequence in the whole array of the commandments.
Almighty God, let me put first things first, in the order and sequenced you would have. May I always have you in mind as I govern my life and work and, along with that, the wellbeing of those around me. And may I always remember that there is no real love of God without love of those around me, and that I cannot fully love those around me without a love for you. Amen.