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

Devotion for Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

A mind that is cluttered with self-indulgence
cannot see the Burning Bush.
—Let us purify our senses and our mind
that we may hear the whisper of God, (Cf. I Kings 19:13)
and appreciate his covenant with us.

Psalm 24/25:12-16

Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will direct them upon that chosen way.
Their souls shall live in prosperity,
and their offspring shall inherit the earth.
The Lord is the strength of those who fear him,
he makes his covenant known to them.

My eyes are always on the Lord
because he will keep my feet from the trap.
Look at me and have mercy on me,
for I am just a poor child all alone.

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

We can apply this to charity. We have been given a command to love God, and from the first moment of our existence we possess the innate power to love him. We need no forensic proof of this since all can discover it on their own and within themselves. By nature we are drawn to beauty, even though individual assessments of what is beautiful differ widely. In addition, we have a natural inclination to love those near and dear to us, and we are spontaneously grateful to those who do us some kindness. Now, what is more admirable than the Divine Beauty? What thought is sweeter than that of God’s magnificence? What desire of the soul is more poignant and so intolerably keen as the desire implanted by God in a soul purified from vice and aglow with sincerity? This beauty, invisible to the eyes of flesh, is apprehended by the mind and soul alone.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, we do little is we simply purify our minds and hearts, like clearing the ground. You warned us that a demon dispossessed will return with seven others even more ferocious if the house—swept and tidied—remains empty. As this sacred season advances, plant robust virtue in me, and grant that I may cultivate it as my return to you. Amen.