This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us praise our God in song,
because he works wonders.
—As he brought Israel out of slavery
he delivers us from our sins and bad habits.
Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
and redeem me from those who rise up against me.
Rescue me from those engaged in criminal deeds,
and save me from blood-thirsty people.
Look! They hunt for my life;
strong men come on against me
for no crime of mine,
for no sin of mine, O Lord.
I hurried straight on and without fault,
get up and join me and see.
O Lord God of Powers, God of Israel,
come and look over all the nations.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #2, cont.
You see, the one who tricks us and who uses every stratagem to induce us to forget our Benefactor by the allure of this world—coming at us from all directions and running us over to our own destruction—will humiliate us with our own insolence in the presence of the Lord, and gloat over us for our own disobedience and apostasy. The one who did not created us, nor died for us, will nevertheless count us among his followers through our disobedience and neglect of the commandments of God. This open insult to the Lord, and this victory of our enemy, appear to me more dreadful than the pains of hell because we provide Christ’s enemy with an occasion to boast and ridicule the one who did die for us and rose again. And so, in a very real sense, we are indebted to God. It is not my aim, as I said before, to exhaust this subject (because that’s impossible), but to set in your souls a brief and summary reminder that will keep the divine longing ever astir within you.
O Christ, in the course of my life I have wandered down the dark alleys of sin and squandered the opportunities your Father gave me. Now I have a new hunger for more of your goodness, and to be imbued again with your attitude, that disposition which made you empty yourself, take on the role of a slave and obey your Father even to the point of dying; yes, even as miserable a death as crucifixion. (Cf. Phil 2:7 & 8)