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

Devotion for Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Lazarus is in the tomb for the second day.

An Invitation to Prayer

For two days Lazarus has seen the dead of all ages,
the countless souls held in the icy grip of death.
—But Christ is coming, and will give life to his friend,
and we shall sing, Blessed are you, O Savior!

Psalm 106/107:39-43

Once more they became few,
brought low by oppression, evil and pain.
Their leaders, doused with contempt,
he makes wander in a wild and trackless place.

But he helps the poor out of poverty
and makes their families like flocks.
The just will see it and rejoice,
while the mouth of all lawlessness will be shut.
Who is wise enough to treasure these things,
and to take note of the mercy of the Lord?
[The end of psalm 106/107]

A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #7, cont.

Even more than that, the majority of the commandments are more easily discharged by a group of people living together while a solitary individual is in a situation where, while one commandment is being observed, another is being postponed. For example, while visiting the sick, a solitary individual cannot be showing hospitality. Since the solitary has more to do, attention to other matters may lag. As a result, the greatest of the commandments—the one most conducive to salvation—is not observed since the hungry are not being fed, nor the naked clothed. Who then would choose this ineffectual and unprofitable life in preference to that which is both fruitful and in synch with the Lord’s command?

A Prayer

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, as well as to all your disciples, to share your divine glory with all who love you. Amen.