This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Christ risen from the dead never dies again,
his death put sin to death and he lives for God.
—Let us conduct ourselves as dead to sin
but living for God in Christ Jesus. [Rom. 6:10-11]
He led them out with silver and gold—
not a feeble one in their tribes.
Egypt was glad of their departure,
for they had become afraid of them.
He spread a cloud to cover them,
and fire to light the night for them.
They asked, and quail came;
and he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
He split the rock and water flowed,
rivers ran in the desert.
For he remembered his holy word
to Abraham his servant.
And he brought out his people with gladness,
and his chosen with rejoicing,
and gave them the lands of the nations,
and they inherited the efforts of the peoples,
that they might keep his ordinances
and search out his Law.
[The end of psalm 104/105]
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 20, cont.
If we are scurrying around in search of anything that is not truly a necessity, but only wanted for the delight it promises, or ruinous vanity,
then it is not only shameful and out of keeping with our avowed purpose, but it is poses no little harm to those who spend their lives in sensual gratification and who measure happiness in terms of satisfying their appetites, to see us become absorbed with the same preoccupations that keep them enthralled. If sensual pleasure is evil and to be avoided, then we should never indulge in it, for nothing that is condemned can ever be beneficial. Those who live wantonly, using the most expensive emollients and drinking the most expensive wine, are denounced by Scripture. [Cf. Amos, 6:4 & ff.] The rich man was barred from Paradise because he lived in luxury on earth.
Has a guest arrived? If he is a brother who pursues a way of life like ours, he will recognize the fare we serve as properly his own. What he left at home, he will find with us. Suppose he is tired from his travels. Then we provide as much extra nourishment as is needed to relieve his fatigue.
You saved us, Father, through a baptism that was a new birth and a renewal that was the work of the Spirit. In restoring our damaged nature you granted us a greater dignity than we had before that, since the price you paid to rescue us was the life of your beloved Son. By his rising you demonstrate that the renewal through the Spirit has begun, and will continue as long as the world lasts, and for this we bless you. Amen.