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

Devotion for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Let us be resolute soldiers for Christ,
for inconvenience and pain is temporary.
—So that when Christ comes again in glory
we may receive the laurels he offers.

Psalm 24/25:1-5

I have put my soul before you, O Lord.
I have trusted you, my God;
do not embarrass me,
and do not let my enemies ridicule me.

For none of those who wait for you shall be disgraced,
but shame on those who foolishly break the law.
Make your ways know to me, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.

Guide me to your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior
and I wait for you all day long.

A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #2

How can we learn to accomplish loving God properly?

You cannot really be taught to love God. No one taught us to love the light or our parents. A kind of rational instinct was implanted in us which impels us to love. This instinct is nurtured in the school of God’s commandments where it is to be carefully cultivated and skillfully nurtured and so, by the grace of God, brought to perfection. Be aware that this is only one of the virtues, yet by its efficacy it embraces and fulfills every commandment. The Lord said, “If anyone loves me, that person will keep my commandments;” and also, “The whole Law, and the Prophets, depend on these two commandments.”

A Prayer

Most Holy Spirit, guide me to the deepest and richest understanding of what is true. Teach me how to apply the truth to my life at all times. Accomplish through me, with the power of your inspiration and insight, good things—and even great things—for others. Amen.