This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, March 5, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us open our hearts to God in prayer,
and with humility confess to him.
—and He will forgive us our sins
and guide us to righteous living.
The afflictions of my heart increase,
rescue me from my torment.
Look at my humiliation and my suffering,
and forgive all my sins.
Look at my enemies, see how they increase.
They detest me with unjustifiable hatred.
Guard my soul and set me free.
Do not let me be embarrassed
because I have hoped in you.
The innocent and the upright gather with me
for I have waited for you, O Lord.
Free Israel from all its afflictions, O God.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #2, cont.
What we rightly do freely is also natural to us, at least in those who have not perverted their reason by iniquity. Thus loving God is demanded from us as a strict obligation, and for a soul to fail in this is the most unendurable of all evils. The worst of all hell’s punishments, more oppressive than being blinded, and even if there were no other punishments, is the separation from God. If love of children for their parents is a natural endowment which can be seen in very young infants for their mothers, and this love can be seen in animals as well, let us not be less rational than infants, nor more savage than animals, by alienating ourselves from the one who created us by being unloving to him.
Blessed are you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of the universe! While I may come to see my imperfections and shortcomings, I may yet be powerless to correct them. Let me remember you words to Paul, that “strength is made perfect in weakness.” My the bruises and scars of my sins, which I may be fated to carry my whole life long, along with my spiritual weaknesses, be a source of healthy humility in me and also a sign of hope to others. Amen.