This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Let us give thanks to God the Father
for counting us worthy to share the lot of the saints.
—He rescued us from the power of darkness
and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. [Cf. Col. 1:12]

Psalm 79/80:1-7

Attend, O Shepherd of Israel—
you who guide Joseph like a flock,
you who sit upon the cherubim.

Show yourself before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manassas.
Rouse your power and come to save us.
O God, bring us back,
show your face and we will be saved.

O Lord God of Powers,
how long will you be angry with the prayer of your servant?
Will you feed us with the bread of tears
and make us drink a vat of them?

You made us a cause of our neighbors’ hostility,
and our enemies sneer at us.
O Lord God of Powers, bring us back,
show your face and we will be saved.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 25

A superior who does not correct a sinner will face a severe judgment.
The one who is charged with supervision must be constantly aware that he will have to give an account of each individual in his care. He should remember that if one of the Order should fall into sin—because he was not properly instructed or, even if he were, persists in his sin because he is not told how to make amends, the blood of that offender will be required at the hands of that superior, and especially if a superior neglects this duty not so much from negligence but from indulgence, accommodating himself to each one’s vice and relaxing discipline. As Isaiah said (3:12), “O my people, those that lead you astray and pervert the path you travel say you are fortunate.” To prevent this, let us employ Paul’s rule when we deal with our confreres, (I Thess. 2:5-6), “At no time, as you know, have we tried flattery, nor put on a false front to mask greed, as God is witness; nor fish for compliments from you or others.” An individual free from these faults may exercise leadership free of error, both profitable to him and helpful to his charges.

A Prayer

It is through your beloved Son, O God of mercy and kindness, that you have provided redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. Like the original Exodus, may we ever be aware that our journey on the path to eternal salvation began with great hope and expectation, but that before we cross Jordan we will have had to make the trek through the desert, at times a very great discomfort. But let us remember that on that journey you will show yourself to us, just as you did to ancient Israel. Keep our hope and determination from flagging, Almighty Father. Amen.