This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
There is no body without its head.
When all are united with God they become one with him.
—And where the head goes, the members of the body follow
unless they have been cut off from the body.
Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion,
proclaim his works to the nations.
For in avenging blood he remembered them,
he did not forget the cry of the poor.
Have mercy on me, O Lord.
See my humiliation by my enemies,
you who lift me up from the gates of death,
so that I may proclaim all your praises in the gates of Zion,
and rejoice in your salvation.
The nations were caught in the destruction they planned,
their own foot was snagged in the trap they hid .
The Lord is known by the judgments he renders,
the sinner is caught in the works of his own hands.
Let sinners be driven into hell,
all the nations that ignore God.
For the poor will not be forgotten forever,
nor the hope of the needy be ignored forever.
Arise, O Lord; let not mortals prevails.
Judge the nations before you.
Set a warden over them, O Lord.
Let them know they are only human.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 30
The attitude that should animate the superiors in caring for the members.
His rank should not arouse a sense of pride in the superior lest he lose the blessing promised to the humble. Rather, let him be certain that added responsibility calls for greater service. The medic who applies medicines and dresses the running wounds of many people does not find this a source of pride but rather of humility, anxiety and zealous action. As the servant of all, and having to account for them, he ought to be more thoughtful and solicitous on their behalf and perform the duty of curing the spiritual infirmities of the members. This is how he shall fulfill the Lord’s mandate, “If anyone wants to be the first (προτος=first, as in leader), let him be the last and the servant of all.” [Mark 9:35]
While he was with us in this world your Son told us we would see him for a time and then see him no more because he would be going back to you, his beloved Father. He promised that our sadness would be turned to joy upon his return to us. May we find him in our minds and hearts even now, and wait in joyful hope for the day when we shall see him completely as he is and take our permanent place at the great banquet of which he spoke and promised to those who are faithful. Amen.