This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
“The reign of life has begun;
the tyranny of death is ended.
—A new birth has occurred,
a new order of existence has appeared,
and our very nature is transformed.”
—Gregory of Nyssa, Basil’s brother
The Lord did all that he wanted in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in the abyss,
he brings up clouds from the horizons of the earth,
and makes the lightening for the rain.
He brings the winds from his treasury.
He struck the first-born of Egypt,
of man and beast alike.
He sent signs and wonders among you, O Egypt,
on Pharaoh and all his servants.
He struck many nations and killed mighty kings:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their land to be an inheritance—
an inheritance for Israel, his people.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 22, cont.
Now Paul sets the standard for the proper use of clothing in one sentence, “We are content with having food and something to wear.” He implies that mere covering is all that is necessary. At any rate, let us not fall any more into that reprobate boasting which accompanies elaborate dress, or the vanity that is also prompted by it. As a result these vices creep into our lives through the pursuit of vain and worthless “fashion.”
But there is another aspect to consider besides covering ourselves, that of keeping warm and protecting ourselves from the elements. From this point of view some garments are more useful than others. We should prefer what is more useful. In this way the ideal of poverty will not be violated. Nor should we pile up reserves of clothing, with some for wearing in public, other at home, some for daytime and other for nighttime. We should try to have one garment that can be used for all our needs. This way of conducting ourselves unites us even in our appearance and thus a Christian may be identified by the way he dresses as though by a special stamp, for all who aim for the same goal should be alike in as many ways as possible.
Heavenly Father, we have been told by Paul that we have been raised up in company with Christ, and that we should set our hearts on what pertains to the higher realms where he sits at your right hand. (Col. 3:1) By the power of that Holy Spirit, by which you raised him from the dead, grant that we may always be on the lookout for those celestial treasures and never be distracted by worldly delights. Amen.