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

Devotion for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

God so loved the world that he gave us his Son,
to save all who put their trust in him.
—Let us put our faith in Christ
that we may have eternal life.

Psalm 96/97:7-12

Let all who worship statues be humiliated,
those who boast of their idols.
All you angels, worship him!
Zion heard and was glad,
the cities of Judah rejoiced
because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you are the Lord most high over all the earth,
more exalted than all the gods.

Hate evil, you who love the Lord;
the Lord preserves the souls of his devoted ones,
and will rescue them from the hands of sinner.
Light dawns for the just,
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just ones,
and retell the memory of his holiness.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 8, cont.

These words certainly apply, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, he cannot be my disciple.” It is the same with social approval, if it leads to neglecting any worthwhile deed. The saints repudiated this fault when they said, “We ought to obey God rather than people.” [Acts 5:29] The disciples should not pay any attention to worldly people who mock their good works so as to be intimidated by their scorn. Rather, if a person wants to know more precisely and clearly the determination and purpose that characterize those who follow the Lord, that person should remember Paul who spoke of his circumstances for our instruction, “The things I once prized for myself I now consider nothing on account of Christ. For that matter, I consider everything as nothing in comparison to the real treasure of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of everything and consider it as so much excrement in order to gain Christ” [Phil. 3:7-8]

A Prayer

Glorious Father, your Son assumed our human nature in so close a union with him that one and the same Christ is present, not only in the Firstborn of all creation, but in all his saints as well. The head cannot be separated from the limbs, nor the limbs from the head. As we celebrate these paschal mysteries, may we be ever mindful that it will only be in eternity when Christ God will be all in all. So let us march on with the determination the befits a military Order until at last we have reached the gates of Paradise. Amen.