This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, May 28, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Thus says the Lord,
“I will pour out a Spirit of grace and compassion
on the House of David
and on the citizens of Jerusalem.”
—“And they shall look upon the One they have pierced.
When that day comes, a fountain will be opened
for the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem”
—Zech. 12:10 & 13
May your mercy come upon me, Lord—
the salvation you promised.
And I shall have an answer for those who criticize me
because I trust your words.
Do not leave my mouth utterly bereft of your truth,
for I set my hope on your judgments.
And I will keep your law continually forever;
yes, for ages of ages.
I will walk about freely because I sought your commandments.
I speak of your testimonies before rulers and am not ashamed.
I muse on your pronouncements, which I dearly love.
And I reach for your judgments, which I love,
and I study your laws.
From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 10
What makes us Christians? Our faith. How are we saved? Because we were born again by a grace conferred in our baptism; how else? And recognizing that this salvation is established by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, should we throw away the doctrine we received? Wouldn’t it be a greater grief if we were to discover ourselves farther away from salvation than “when we first believed,” and deny now what we believed then? When a person departs this life without baptism, or having undergone a baptism lacking in something the tradition requires, it is an equal loss. And whoever fails to keep, always and everywhere, the sure protection of the profession we made when we were first admitted after turning from idolatry in coming to know the living God—well, that person estranges himself from the promises of God and breaks his own contract, the one he made when he professed the faith. If my baptism was the beginning of life, and the day when I was born again the first day of that life, it is clear than that the words proclaimed in the grace of the adoption are the most trustworthy of all.
O Heavenly Spirit, you who ripen the good fruits of our minds and hearts, who provide the abundant inheritance of God, shine on me and make me flourish with the fruits you have planted in me. May I never wither and become a barren tree, may I never fail to produce what is expected of me, but may I—planted in the House of the Lord in this Order—produce fruit even in old age. Amen