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

Devotion for Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Thus says the Lord,
“I will provide water for the thirsty
who trod the arid land.”
—“And I will put my Spirit on your children
and my blessings on your progeny.”
—Isaiah 44:3

Psalm 118/119

Gimal

Reward your servant,
that I may live to keep your words.
Open my eyes that I might comprehend
the wonders of your law.
I am a foreigner on the earth,
do not hide your dictates from me.
My soul longs deeply for your rules in all things.
You rebuke the arrogant;
cursed are they who deviate from your dictates.
Spare me scorn and contempt
because I have looked for your testimonies.
Although those in power sit and rail at me,
your servant studies your laws,
for I meditate on your decrees,
and will not forget your words.

From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 9

The Spirit is not brought into intimate contact with a soul by physically approaching it. How could the corporeal “approach” the incorporeal? The approach to the Spirit is effected by the demise of the passions which are generated by the soul’s engagement with the flesh and its alienation from its close relationship with God. Only when a person is purified from the shame of the stain that one brings on himself through vice and has recovered his natural beauty—like cleaning a royal statue and restoring it to its pristine condition—only then is it possible for a person to draw near to the Paraclete who, like the sun, will show you the image of the invisible in you through the medium of your purified eye, and in the blessed spectacle of the copy you will see the indescribable beauty of the Original.

A Prayer

O Lord, you were an intimate friend of Lazarus and his sisters. His death had brought tears to your eyes and power to your voice so that you summoned him back to life from the fetters of death. Now, Lord, our very life, renew us by a fresh outpouring of the power of your Holy Spirit so that we might concern ourselves with the lives and needs of others. Make us generous to do this in our Pentecostal offering on their behalf, so that one day we may come to share eternal life all together with you in your heavenly kingdom. Amen!