This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, June 5, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
It is good to acknowledge the Lord,
to sing a hymn to your name, O Most High. —To proclaim your mercy in the morning,
and your truth at night! Psalm 92:1 & 2
Blessed is the one
who did not follow the advice of the ungodly, nor take a stand with sinners,
nor take a seat with the corrupt.
What he wants is the Law of the Lord,
and he reflects on that Law day and night.
He will be like a tree planted near streams of water which yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaves never wither,
and everything he does will prosper.
Not so the ungodly, not so!
They are like the chaff scattered from the face of the earth. And so the ungodly will not stand at judgment,
nor sinners in the council of the just.
For the Lord knows the way of the just,
but the way of the ungodly is finished.
From Basil’s Work On Baptism
After his resurrection from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ
received the fulfillment of the promise made to him by God, his Father, who said, “Ask me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth as your possession. (Ps. 2:8) And when he appeared to his disciples he told them, “all authority is given to me in heaven and on earth, so go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Notice the sequence: first, teach; then baptize, and so on.
St. Peter, in his letter (I Pet. 3:15) says, “Always be ready to defend to anyone who asks a reason for your hope.” So I want to share with you the teaching concerning baptism according to the Gospel of the Lord, which has an authority greater than that of the blessed John. I will be citing only a few of the many passages on this subject in the Holy Scriptures. But, in any event, I find it necessary to follow the order of things as established by our Lord so that you, too, first by understanding the force of the precept “teach,” and then—in due time—hearing an explanation of the doctrine of this most glorious baptism, might arrive at perfection having been instructed in the observance of all the precepts the Lord gave us.
Refresh my baptism within me, O Jesus. Let me learn in a deeper and more fulfilling way your teaching and come to realize more richly all the implications of your Gospel so that I might observe it all with a generous heart. In turn, let me live that Gospel so that I become a mirror of it to the people around me, reflecting in my own limited way something of you, the Light of the Word. Amen.