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

Devotion for Friday, May 7, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

By your cross the curse was abolished,
and by your suffering evil was overthrown.
—Done, not by an angel or a mere human,
but by the Lord of glory made man!

Psalm 79/80:8-13

You transplanted a vine from Egypt—
you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the way for it and made it take root,
and it filled the land.

Its shade covered the mountains
and its shoots the cedars of God.
It extended its branches to the sea,
its sprouts to the river.

Why have you torn down its fence
so that all who pass that way pluck its fruit?
The boar from the woods ravages it,
and the lone savage beast devours it.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 25, cont.

The one who operates with real charity and not for the sake of human honor, nor to avoid upsetting sinners (motivated to keep the peace at any price, and so is pleasant and agreeable with them), will speak with them candidly and sincerely, not opting to adulterate the truth in any way. But these words, too, apply to him. “We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishing her own children. So, having a tender affection for you, we were well pleased to entrust to you, not only the Good News of God, but our very souls.” [I Thes. 2:7-8] Anyone who is not like that is a blind guide, tumbling headlong over the cliff and taking those who follow him with him. From these words it can be seen how serious an evil it is to be the cause of a colleague’s error instead of shouldering the responsibility for guiding him aright. Such is a symptom that the rule of love is not being observed, for what father will abandon his child when he is about to tumble into a pit, or leave him there after the fall? Needless to say, it is far more dreadful to leave a soul to be destroyed after it has fallen into the pit of evil.

A Prayer

Divine Father, we all are called to provide leadership in some area. Help me to provide the best guidance for those who depend on me, be they my family, my clients, my associates or my friends. May I judge rightly the time to speak and the time to remain silent, to be tolerant and to stand firm. If I do not always give the best advice and guidance, keep me from ever giving bad advice or misguidance by the power of your Spirit and after the model of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.