This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, April 19, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Your resurrection has enlighten the whole cosmos, O Christ,
—and through it you call all things back to you. Alleluia!
Look, for all your enemies will perish,
and all who do evil shall be scattered.
But my horn shall be raised like a rhino’s,
and my old age rich with oil.
And my eye will look upon my enemies,
and my ear shall hear of the wicked that rise up against me.
The just person shall flourish like a palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that are planted in the house of the Lord
shall bloom in the courts of our God.
They will still increase in a prosperous old age,
and living in comfort they will declare
that the Lord my God is upright,
and there is no injustice in him.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 10, cont.
Fickle people should be suspect, not only because this way of life will do them no good, but because they can do damage to the rest by their complaining, malicious gossip and such. But in as much as everything is set right by steady diligence, and in as much as fear of the Lord can prevail over all sorts of spiritual defects, these individuals should not be immediately turned away. They should be directed to suitable disciplines and, if their determination is proven over time by effort so that we find some stability in them, they may be admitted.
The women who took spices to your tomb, O Christ, certainly came anxious and afraid, but their love for you impelled them on through their dread. As we contemplate the great mystery of your resurrection, may we grow in love for you so that we may overcome our anxieties and fears in standing up for you and your rule in this world. Amen.