This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, May 19, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You in your seven gifts are known.
You the face of God have shown.
—The promise by the Son once made,
in celestial fire now displayed.
You have formed my insides—
you have supported me from my mother’s womb.
I will acclaim you, so awesomely wonderful,
for your works are amazing,
and I know it well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
my being fashioned in secret—
my substance from the fundamentals of earth.
You eyes saw my developing state,
and all would be recorded in your book
so that which did not exist should be there one day.
As for me, how precious are the things you love, O God,
their origins so firmly established.
If I were to count them,
they would be more numerous than the sand.
I wake up, and I am still with you.
From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 15 concluded
Peter’s words to Sapphira, “How come you conspired to try the Spirit of the Lord? You have not lied to people but to God!” From this you should learn that in every operation the Spirit is conjoined with, and inseparable from, the Father and the Son. God accomplishes different works and arranges various ministries, but the Holy Spirit is present of its own free will at the same time, parceling out these gifts to individuals on the basis of their merits. For Paul says, “there are different gifts, but the same Spirit, different kinds of service, but the same God working through all of them.” And, “the one and self-same Spirit does all these things, bestowing them differently on particular individuals as it chooses.”
Here, Most Holy Spirit, is a true fruit of your work and presence: goodness, a goodness that is more than ethical behavior, even more than kindness. This is the fruit that not only does practical good for people, and does it in a respectful and noble way. This is that charity that does not humiliate but speaks to our common humanity in a loving and uplifting way. This is the essence of chivalry. May this virtue take deep root in me and may it bear it rich fruit in turn. Amen.