This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Christ is risen from the dead
and will never die again.
—Let us rejoice in that death cannot hold us captive.
The Lord reigns:
let the earth rejoice and the many islands be glad!
Clouds and darkness surround him,
justice and discernment uphold his throne.
Fire precedes him and consumes his enemies around him.
His lightening illumines the world,
the earth sees and quakes.
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the Lord of all the world.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness
and all the people see his glory.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 8, cont.
We begin this process by detaching ourselves from all external goods: property, status, social standing, useless desires, following the example of the Lord’s holy disciples. James and John left their father, Zebedee, and the very boat upon which their whole livelihood depended. Matthew left his office and followed the Lord, leaving behind not only the profits from his occupation but also ignoring the danger he and his family would face from the authorities for leaving the taxes uncollected. In the end Paul found himself crucified to the world and it to him. And so a person who experiences a strong desire to follow Christ can no longer be concerned with anything that pertains to this life, not even to the love of parents or relatives if this runs counter to the precepts of the Lord.
Your servant Paul, O Jesus, reminded us that we are to live a life worthy of our calling, with all humility and meekness, and with patience, so that we deal with each other in love, always looking to preserve the unity that comes from the Spirit in a bond of peace. Make our Order a community of love, and from this love let us reach out to each other, but especially to the sick and the poor. Amen.