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

Devotion for Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

June 5

An Invitation to Prayer

Bing to the Lord, you families of peoples, bring to the Lord glory and honor.
—Bring to the Lord the glory due his name,

enter his courts and make offerings. ​(Ps. 95:7 & 8)

Psalm 4

When I called the God of my integrity heard me. In my distress you gave me relief.
Pity me and hear my prayer.

You celebrities, how long will you be hard-hearted,
loving what is foolish and chasing lies?
Know that the Lord has done wonderful things for his devoted one— the Lord will hear me when I cry to him.

Be anxious but do not sin.
Speak to your hearts
and prod them upon your beds.
Offer a proper sacrifice and trust in the Lord.

Many say, who will show us good things?
The light of your face, O Lord, has been signed on us. You have put gladness in my heart
by the increase of their wheat, wine and oil.
I will lie down in peace and sleep,
for only you, Lord, have settled me in confidence.

From Basil’s work,​ On Baptism.
The Lord first said to the rich young man ​(cf. Mark 10:17 & ff.),

“Sell what you have and give it to the poor,” before he said “and then return and follow me.” And he gave him the first injunction only after the young man affirmed that he was free of the guilt of any sin by saying that he had fulfilled all the commandments mentioned by the Lord. It is clear, then, that in this connection the right sequence must be followed. We ae taught not merely to care nothing for our possessions and for the necessities of this life, but we are even instructed not to press just claims imposed on us by law and nature, for Jesus said, “The one who loves father or mother more than me does not deserve me.

Then Jesus adds, “The one who will not take up his cross and follow me does not deserve me.” And the apostle who succeeded in doing this writes to instruct us, “I am crucified to the world and the world to me.” ​(Gal. 6:14) And, “I live now; not I, but Christ lives in me.” ​(Gal.2:20)

Once more let us remember the words of the Lord which he spoke directly to each of us when he said to the man who asked to go first and bury his father, “Leave the dead to bury their dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” ​(Luke 9:59-60)

A Prayer

I sometimes lose sight of how high your standards are, O Lord, and how very far I am from reaching them. I take comfort in remembering your words, “Give your internal resources as alms, and you will see all things pure for you ​(Luke 17:41)​. Fill my innermost being with you Holy Spirit to wash away my prejudices and correct my mistaken notions, so that my actions will flow from a cleaner spring of grace. I may still not measure up to you, but at least I will be able to implore you with integrity and confidence to have mercy on me. Amen.