This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, March 19, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
As soon as the cross was set upright, O Christ,
you shook the foundations of death.
—The underworld swallowed the one it would release
and we glorify you who delivered us.
As often as he delivered them
they provoked him with their stubbornness
and were brought low by their offences.
He would see them when they were being afflicted
and listen to their supplication.
He would remember his covenant
and relented because of his generous mercy,
positioning them to be pitied
in the sight of all who took them captive.
Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations
that we might proclaim your holy name
and exult in your praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from age to age.
And let all the people say, Amen! Amen!
[The end of psalm 105/106]
A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #5, cont.
I think we must add that we cannot keep the commandments with an eye to pleasing people. No one has recourse to a subordinate if the superior is present. So when someone does something that pleases the superior, while seen by an inferior as something ill-advised and bad, that individual will put more value on the opinion of the superior and ignore the opinion of the subordinate. Now, if that is the way among people, a soul truly prudent and healthy, with a firm conviction of the presence of God, will not concern itself with the approbation that comes from other people, nor even think about doing anything simply because that is what people expect.
You are my strength and my power, Lord Jesus. Without leaving the Father’s side you came to experience our poverty. And so I join the prophet Habakkuk and cry, “Glory to your power, O unique friend of all humanity.” Amen.