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

Devotion for Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ our Savior expunged the record of our sins
when he nailed it to the cross.
—He signed the death-warrant for death with the ink of his blood,
so let us glorify his resurrection. Alleluia!

Psalm 147

Acclaim the Lord, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
he has blessed your children within you.
He has made your borders peaceful
and fills you with the very best wheat.

He sends his message to the earth,
his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool,
spreading mist like ashes,
scattering ice like crumbs.
Who can withstand his cold?
He will send his word and melt them,
he will blow—
and his breath will make the waters flow.

In declaring his word to Jacob—
his ordinances and judgments to Israel—
he has not done so for any other nation,
and has not explained his judgments to them.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 18

We should taste everything that is set before us.

Obviously self-control is essential to the pursuit of godliness, because it requires that we control our bodies. However, to avoid being classed with the enemies of God who brand their consciences by abstaining from food which God has provided for believers to eat with gratitude, we should taste each dish, when occasion offers, to indicate to anyone who might be watching that all things are clean to the clean [Cf. Titus 1:15], and that “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected that is accepted with gratitude, for it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.” [I Tim. 4:4-5] Yet we should always be mindful of the aim of self-control and satisfy our needs with simpler foods and such things needed for sustaining life, but even limit our intake of these while avoiding more assiduously those things whose chief purpose is to give pleasure. By doing this we will eradicate a liking for foods that only please the palate and also set an example for those who mistakenly say certain things are intrinsically evil.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, when the gates of death opened before you, the wardens of the underworld were filled with dread. You broke the chains of death. As we celebrate your victory, break the chains of our inordinate desires and our sinfulness, and give us a well founded hope of everlasting life. Amen.