This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
We have reached the mid-point of this Paschal season,
a bridge between the resurrection of our Savior and Pentecost.
—In uniting both feasts it shines with double brilliance.
May its light guide us to goodness and cheer our hearts.
And he increased his people greatly,
and made them stronger than their enemies.
He turned their hearts to hate his people,
and to deal deceitfully with his servants.
He sent Moses, his servant,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
He put in them the words of his signs,
and the wonders in the land of Ham.
He sent darkness and it became dark,
and they contested his words.
He turned their waters into blood,
and it killed their fish.
The land swarmed with frogs—
even in the royal apartments.
He spoke and dog-flies came,
and fleas within their borders.
He turned their rain into hail,
and fire burnt their land.
He struck their vines and their fig trees,
and shattered every tree within their borders.
He spoke and the locust came,
and caterpillars innumerable,
and they devoured all the fodder on the ground,
and they devoured all the vegetation in their land.
And he struck down every first born in their land,
the first fruit of all their efforts.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 20
On serving meals to guests.
Christians should never show-off, indulge in ostentation, or curry favor with people, because a person who keeps the rule for the purpose of being noticed and praised by others loses the reward of that observance. All manner of fishing for compliments and being noticed must be avoided by those who have embraced humility for the Lord’s sake. The worldly minded are ashamed of the “humiliation” of poverty and are at pains to have every kind of food both abundant and expensive when they receive guests. I fear that, unwittingly, we are being infected by the same vice and are ashamed to be found guilty of the poverty that Christ called blessed. (Cf. Matt.5:3) Just as it is not proper to provide ourselves with worldly trappings like silver, or curtains edged with purple, or a down sofa, or sheer draperies, so we act badly when we plan menus which depart in any significant way from our usual diet.
Lord Jesus, you told u to walk while we have the light. As we pass through this paschal season, now half over, may we continue to praise and bless you no less diligently than we did on Eater morning, for you are always with us. Knowing that the spirit may be willing but that our flesh may grow weak, inspire us to continue zealously by looking at the great feast ahead, the Pentecost, the jubilee of the Spirit. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!