This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, May 3, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
God raised Jesus up on the third day,
and allowed him to be seen,
—Not by everyone,
but only by his chosen witnesses. [Cf. Acts 10:40]
Praise the name of the Lord.
You servants of the Lord, give praise,
you who stand in the House of the Lord,
in the courts of the House of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is kind,
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for his own,
Israel as his greatest treasure.
For I know that the Lord is great;
our Lord, grater than all the gods.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 22
On clothing befitting a Christian.
Earlier in this discourse we pointed out that humility, simplicity, thriftiness and frugality are necessary in everything, so that we may need to be concerned with our physical needs only rarely. This same rule applies to our clothing. “Being last” also applies here, too. If people hungry for fame seek attention even in the clothes they wear, striving to be noticed and arousing the jealousy of others by reason of their stylish dress, it is obvious that one who has chosen—out of humility—to pass his life in the lowest state of all should prefer for himself “the last and the least,” even in this matter. With regard to a plain and ordinary style of dress, the one who is decked out with inordinately elegant clothing embarrasses the poor person. In light of what Paul said, “Do not have a superior attitude, but a humble one.” [Rom. 12:16] Let each one consider for himself whom the Christian more fittingly resembles. Those who live in royal palaces and wear expensive clothes? How about the messenger announcing the Lord’s coming—who had no equal among those born of woman, and I mean John, son of Zachary—who wore a garment made of camel hair? The ancient saints also went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats.
Even as the elders of ancient Israel ascended Sinai at your bidding, O God, and there in your presence they ate and drank (Ex. 24:11), may we who have eaten and drunk with your Son in this Paschal feast be fortified to be credible messengers of his Gospel by how we behave among others and by the efforts we make to be of genuine service to others for the glory of your name and his, in the Holy Spirit. Amen.