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

Devotion for Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Second Sunday of Easter

An Invitation to Prayer

Eight days later the Lord came to them
gathered in that Upper Room.
—And even though the doors were locked.
he gave us peace!

Psalm 113 (115:1-8)

Not to us, not to us, O Lord, but to your name give glory
for the sake of your mercy and truth,
lest the nations ever say, “Where is their God?”
Our God has done whatever he wishes, in heaven and on earth.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths but they cannot speak;
they have eyes but they cannot see.
They have ears but they cannot hear,
they have noses but they cannot smell.
They have hands but they cannot touch;
they have feet but they cannot walk,
and no sound comes from their throat.
Let those who make them be like them,
along with all those who rely on them.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 8, On Renunciation

Our Lord Jesus, joining his forceful preaching with dramatic example, said, “If anyone wants to join me, that person must give up himself, take up the cross and follow me.” And also, “Anyone of you who does not give up all he possesses cannot be my disciple.” This precept embraces a number of required renunciations. Above all, we renounce the devil and all carnal affections—the things that secretly shame us—and after that ties of physical relationships, human friendships, and a way of life that is hostile to the Gospel of salvation. And what is even more necessary, that we strip off the old humanity with its deeds—corrupted by its profoundly deceptive desires—and renounce our self. [Cf. Eph. 4:22] So the would-be disciple repudiates all worldly affections which hinder the pursuit of the goal of piety.

A Prayer

You have washed us clean in the waters of baptism, confirmed us in the Holy Spirit and nourished us at your Table. Let us celebrate the great good fortune of your mercy and love so that, as we become even more aware and grateful for your generosity, we may love you more ardently in return and follow you more closely. Amen.