This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
This is the feast of all feasts,
the most solemn of times and the queen of all Sabbaths.
—This is the day for us to bless Christ,
and to bless him forever! Amen! Alleluia!
At Israel’s exodus from Egypt
—the house of Jacob from a barbarian people—
Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his domain.
The sea saw and fled, the Jordan turned back.
The mountains jumped like rams,
the hills like the lambs of the flock.
What was it, sea, that you fled,
Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you jumped like rams,
you hills, like the lambs of the flock?
The earth quaked at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into pools of water,
and the flint into springs of water.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 7, cont.
The gift of wisdom may be given to one, a gift of knowledge to another, faith to another, prophecy to another, healing to another, and so on. Anyone who possesses any of these gifts does not have it for strictly personal use, but for the sake of others, so that living in community enables the work of the Spirit in one person to be available simultaneously to the others. Now, the one who lives alone, who may have only one gift, renders it useless by not employing it. It remains buried within him. You all know how dangerous this is from your own reading of the Gospel. On the other hand, when several people live together, each may enjoy his or her own special gift and also enhances it by sharing it with the others. Simultaneously, one individual reaps benefits from the gifts of others just as if they were theirs.
How splendid was that salvific night, most sacred and worthy of all solemnity, the harbinger of resurrection in which eternal light shone in the flesh, and from the tomb to all people. May we walk in its light, and be guided to you, O Christ our God. Amen! Alleluia!