This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, May 21, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Drive now that ancient foe from us;
grant now your precious peace to us.
—And may you ever be our sure guide,
turning all dreadful sin aside.
I will sing of your mercy and fair judgment;
I will make music for you, O Lord.
I will sing a hymn, meditating on the path of innocence.
When will you come to me?
I want to walk in my house with a pure heart.
I have not turned my eyes to anything unlawful.
I hate those who do wrong.
I will not nurture a crooked heart in myself.
I ignore the criminal and turn him away.
The one who secretly slanders his companion I chase away.
I will not eat with those of haughty looks or insatiable hearts.
My eyes are on the faithful of the land,
and they will keep me company.
The one walking the path of innocence will assist me.
The arrogant has no place in my house,
the slanderer will not benefit from me.
Each day I want to kill all the sinners in the land
that I might rid the city of the Lord of all who do wrong.
From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, in chapter 16
Is it not plain and incontestable that the ordering of the Church is effected through the Spirit? For it is said, he gave “first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; and after that miracle-workers, healers, assistants, administrators, and a then various languages.” For this plan is laid out in accordance with the division of the gifts that come from the Spirit. More than that, anyone who thinks about it will see that even at the moment of the unexpected return of the Lord from heaven the Holy Spirit will not—as some think—have no function to discharge. On the contrary, even on the day of Christ’s appearance, on which the blessed and sole Sovereign will judge the world justly, the Holy Spirit will be present with him. For who is so ignorant of the good things prepared by God for those who are worthy as not to know that the crown of the righteous is the grace of the Spirit, bestowed in a more abundant and perfect measure on that day when spiritual glory shall be distributed to each in proportion to how nobly he lived his life?
O Holy Spirit, give me a heart of gentleness that I might engage the people around me for good. Never let impatience and ill-conceived zeal prompt me to act in a harsh or arrogant way so as to drive away those who may be most in need of what I might share with them, whether things material or things spiritual. Let me be gentle without being a coward, and firm without being a bully. Let me be as Jesus is. Amen.