This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, March 13, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You are the real and abiding sweetness, O Jesus,
who sweetened the bitter water at Marah. (Cf. Ex. 24 & ff.)
—The wood cast into the water prefigured your cross,
and by your cross we stand to inherit eternal delight.
God has spoken in his holiness,
I will celebrate and divide Shechem,
and parcel out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine and Manassas is mine,
Ephraim is my helmet,
Judah is my royal authority.
Moab is the basin for my needs,
I toss my sandal on Edom,
and foreigners submit to me.
Who will lead me against a fortified city,
who will guide me to Edom?
O God, are you not the one who rejects us?
O God, are you not the one who abandons our troops?
Give us help in distress,
because human help is nonsense.
With God we will do valiantly,
and he will humble those who afflict us.
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #5
On avoiding distraction.
Know this, if our minds keep wandering off here and there we will not be able to fulfill the order to love God, nor the one concerning our neighbor, nor—in fact—any of the commandments. You will never master an art or science if you keep flitting to other projects. You will not become an expert without keeping your eye on the purpose of it all. One’s efforts should be geared to the purpose of your endeavors, since a specific aim is not achieved by scattered thinking. You do not learn the potter’s craft to become a blacksmith, nor learn to play the flute to practice sports. Every form of expertise demands its own specific training.
When we became members of this Order, we “took the cross” again. Now as we pass the middle week of this Lenten season by the power of that same cross, we praise one of the Holy Trinity who was lifted upon it in the Person of Jesus. And we implore that Lord, grant that we might contemplate your passion and your holy resurrection, by which we are liberated from eternal death to enjoy eternal life. Amen.