This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, March 11, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Lent is a marvelous treasure, a paternal inheritance.
It is the mother for all who serve Christ.
—Let u find our joy in it, believers,
for it enlighten s our minds and hearts.
For the sin of their mouth
and the words on their lips,
let them be trapped in their arrogance,
so their curses and lies will become known everywhere.
With utter destruction they shall be no more.
Then they will know that the God of Jacob
is master to the ends of the earth.
They return at evening
and roam the city like hungry dogs.
They go all over looking for food,
and they growl if they do not get their fill.
I will sing of your strength,
and in the morning I will rejoice in your mercy,
because you have been my helper,
my shelter on the day of trouble.
I will make music for you, my God, my ally,
my helper and my mercy.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #3, cont.
It is actually possible to keep the second commandment by keeping the first, because the second leads us back to the first, and those who love the Lord will then love their neighbor as a consequence. The Lord says,” If anyone loves me, that person will keep my commandments;” and again, “This is my commandment, that you love each other as I have loved you.” On the other hand, the one who loves his neighbor fulfills the love due to God because the Lord accepts this favor as being done for him. Consider that Moses, that faithful servant of God, showed such great love for his brethren as to wish to have his name erased from where it was written in God’s book if the Lord did not forgive the sin of his people. (Cf. Ex. 32:32) Similarly, Paul dared to pray that he might be anathema to Christ for the sake of his fellow Jews, (Cf. Rom. 9:3), although he knew it was impossible for him to be cut off from God by rejecting the Lord’s favor out of love for him and for the sake of the great commandment. He knew he would receive much more than he gave up.
O Jesus, by observing this Lent and correcting myself—a self warped by sin and indifference—grant that I may always walk the road of your commandments and, by that, be a companion to all my colleagues in this Order, and to all your disciples, to share your divine glory with all who love you. Amen.