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

Devotion for Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Let us offer the Lord an acceptable Lent,
a real fasting from sin and indulgence.
—If we abstain from anger and derision
we shall keep a Lent most acceptable to the Lord.

Psalm 24/25:6-11

Remember your compassion, Lord, and your mercy,
for they are eternal.
Do not recall the sins of my youth and my stupidity
but, for your goodness sake, O Lord,
remember me as your mercy warrants.

The Lord is good and upright,
and so he instructs those on the way that sin.
He will guide the meek with justice,
he will teach his ways to the lowly.

All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth
for those who seek his covenant and his dictates.
For the sake of your name, O Lord,
be lenient with my sin, great as it is.

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

First, let us see how we have already received the power from God to keep all the commandments he has given us so that we do not think of our obligation in a bad light, as something quite unexpected and foreign to us, nor become conceited by thinking we are rendering back to God something more than he gave us. It is by this God-given power, properly used, that we can pass through our whole life in holiness and virtue. But a perverted use of it will gradually induce us to vice. Here is the definition of vice: the wrong use, in violation of God’s command, of something given to us by him for a good purpose. Similarly, the definition of the virtue which God requires of us is: the use, in good conscience, of these same gifts in accord with the Lord’s commandments.

Prayer

Most Holy Spirit, give me a kind and temperate disposition, yet a strong and valiant heart. Let me forgive as I wish to be forgiven, let me make peace as ardently as I wish to enjoy peace. Direct me at all times, not only to meet the needs I see in my neighbor, but to search beyond that for ways of being helpful and supportive. Prod me to go the extra mile. Amen.