This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
The Third Sunday in Lent
An Invitation to Prayer
As we come to this third Sunday in Lent, O thrice holy God,
watch over those engaged in the struggles of the season.
—So that we may keep your commandments better
and become worthier to celebrate the Resurrection!
Do you honestly speak of justice?
Do you really judge fairly, you humans?
Your hearts are plotting acts of lawlessness on earth;
you hands do the work of injustice.
Sinners were apostates from the womb—
they go wrong from their birth, misleading with lies.
Their venom is like that of a snake,
like a deaf adder that stops its ears
so it cannot hear the sound of the charmer,
nor follow the enchantment of the spellbinder’s skill.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #2, cont.
Beyond all these and other favors equally great, God did not turn away from people when they persisted in disobedience. We have not been deprived of the Lord’s goodness, nor has his love for us been impeded by our stupidity in treating our Benefactor in such an ignorant way when we fail to grasp the magnitude of his favors, even to the point of being recalled from death and restored to life again by Our Lord Jesus Christ himself. Even the way in which this favor was granted to us calls for even greater wonder, “Although having the form of God, he did not regard his equality with God as something to be hoarded. Rather, he emptied himself and assumed the form of a slave, becoming like us, and looking like us. He humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:6 & 7) In the same way he took our infirmities upon himself, and bore our sorrows. He was crucified for us that we might be healed by his wounds. He redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us. He endured the most ignominious death to restore to us a life of glory.
Be favorable to me and mine in this season of grace, O Lord Jesus. Soften our hearts for the good of our souls and for our spiritual growth in the way of your law of love. Then enable me to contemplate the boundless implications of your passion by which you have redeemed us and promised us a life of everlasting happiness. Amen.