This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

O cross of Christ, you are our light,
our sacred insignia and our sign of victory.
—Be the sweetness in our self-discipline
and make us worthy to venerate you.

Psalm 105/106:15-23

They angered Moses in the camp,
and Aaron, the Lord’s holy man.
The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
and closed over the clan of Abiram.
A fire broke out in their group,
whose flames consumed the sinners.

They made a calf at Horeb
and worshipped the statue.
They exchanged their glory
for an image of a calf that eats grass.
They forgot the God who saved them,
who did such great things in Egypt,
wonders in the land of Ham,
awesome things at the Red Sea.

He said he would wipe them out
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to turn away his fierce anger from destroying them.

A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #5, cont.

As secular arts are directed toward certain specific aims and adapt their particular activities to these aims, so also—to the extent that our actions have as their rule and guide the keeping of the commandments in a way that pleases God—it is impossible to do this fully unless it is done in the way the one who gave them wants it done. As I said, you do not become an expert welder by learning how to make pottery. You do not win an athletic contest by learning to play the flute. Every craft has its own training. And so the discipline needed to learn how to please God in a Biblical manner is to detach oneself from the cares of the world and step back from distractions. Even Paul saw marriage as inimical to his own preoccupation with the concerns of God while allowing it and declaring it worthy of a blessing because a single man is solicitous for the Lord’s concerns while a married man is solicitous for the things of the world, how it might please his wife.” (I Cor. 7:32-22)

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, whether we marry or not should be a decision made with you in mind, so that we will embrace a state of life that will most promote our sanctification and service to you. May I always remember that every opportunity—every state of life—brings its own advantages and its own dangers, and that no matter what course I choose for my life, I must live it in a way that pleases you and is most beneficial to my soul and your people. Amen.