This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, March 8, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Monday after the Third Sunday of Lent
An Invitation to Prayer
In the burn of self-denial let us clear the ground of our souls,
and let the tears of our hearts water the field of our heart.
—So that the Lord of all goodness will plant his Spirit in us,
so that we may rejoice in praising him forever.
God has crushed the teeth in their mouths,
the Lord has shattered the jaws of lions.
They shall disappear like water running off.
He will use his bow until they are hobbled.
They will vanish like melting wax;
the fire applied, they no longer see the sun.
Before your acanthus twines with the thorn bush,
in his anger he will swallow you alive.
A just person will be glad to see vengeance on the scoffer,
and to wash his hands in the blood of a sinner.
And someone will say, there is indeed a reward for the just person,
there is indeed a God who judges them on earth.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #2, cont.
Christ was not content with merely brining the dead back to life, but he conferred on them the divine dignity and provided an everlasting rest that completely exceeds all human imagination in the magnitude of its joy. What, then, shall we give to the Lord for all the blessings bestowed on us? In fact, he is so good that he will not force any repayment. He is content to be loved in return for his many gifts. Now, if I may speak of my own feelings, whenever I remember all this I shake with a certain fear and a cold terror, afraid that I might fall away from God’s love and become a disappointment to Christ through my absentmindedness or my preoccupation with foolish things.
O Jesus, mighty Angel of God, who descended into the blazing furnace to save the three youths from the savagery of its flames (Cf. Daniel 3:49 & 92), walk with me as I make my way through the furnace of this life. Protect me from the allure of evil in any form. Let me taste something of the kingdom to come, and—at the end of my days—its full joy and happiness. Amen.