This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
A paralyzed man lay on his mat for many years,
helpless in the midst of a great crowd.
—You intervened in your compassion to heal him.
Now accept our humble prayers, O Lord!
He summoned a famine upon the earth
and he crushed every source of bread.
He sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, sold as a slave.
They hobbled his feet with chains,
constricting his life with irons,
until what he said came to be.
The oracle of the Lord purified him.
The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He put him in charge of his house
and made him manager of all his possessions,
to train the leaders to be like him,
and to teach the elders wisdom.
And Israel entered Egypt,
and Jacob lived in the land of Ham.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 19 cont.
We should prefer what is easiest to procure and not look for expensive fare, nor seek extravagant foods with expensive sauces on a pretext of self-control. Rather, we should look for what is easy to obtain in each region, inexpensive, and available for general consumption, using only those imported foods that are necessary to sustain life, like olive oil, and similar products. Moreover, if something would be useful for the necessary relief of the sick, that is also permitted if it can be obtained without difficulty, disturbance or distraction.
O ineffable goodness who created the human body, you came to heal the sick. By your word, O Christ, you healed the paralytic at the Sheep Pool, you healed the suffering of the woman with hemorrhage, you showed mercy to the daughter of the Canaanite woman, and you did not reject the prayer of the centurion. Make me, and our Order of Hospitallers, always devoted to the relief and healing of the sick, so that they may find an echo of your kindness in whatever good we might do for them. Amen.