This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, May 9, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Sixth Sunday of Easter
An Invitation to Prayer
“Let what you have heard in the beginning remain in you,
and you will abide in union with the Father and the Son.
—And this is the promise he made to us,
everlasting life.” [I John 1:24-25]
The one who lives with the help of the Most High
shelters under the protection of the God of heaven
and says to the Lord, you are my help and my refuge,
my God in whom I trust.
For he shall pluck you from the hunters’ trap,
and from the threatening plot.
He shall stand in front of you
and under his wings you shall feel secure.
His truth will cover you like a shield.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow flying by day,
nor plots hatched in the dark,
nor calamity and the noon-day devil.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand
but it shall not come near you.
Your eyes will look
and see the retribution of sinners.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 27
If the superior commits a fault, the more eminent of the group should admonish him.
Just as it is the superior’s duty to be the leader of the community in everything, so—in turn—if he is ever suspected of being guilty of a fault, it falls to the rest to call his attention to it. However, so that good order may not be disrupted, those who are eminent by reason of age or wisdom should be assigned this task. If there is something that needs correction, then we have done good to our brother and to ourselves through him, since we are restoring to the straight path the one who is an embodiment, as it were, of our rule of life and who should—by his integrity—be a challenge to our shortcomings. On the other hand (where the suspicion is unwarranted), anyone disturbed by the charges may allay their suspicions when full information clarifies the matter that gave rise to it.
Father Almighty, as we approach the commemoration of the ascension of your Son in the flesh, to take his place at your right hand in glory, help us keep fresh and alive in our minds and hearts the ineffable joy of knowing that he is risen from the dead, the first born of the dead whom we may follow if we walk in his steps through the gates of Paradise which he has opened to us by his atoning death. Amen.