This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, June 12, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
As Ezekiel saw the luminous cloud in the windstorm, he saw the four creatures, each with four faces. —May our hearts approach the throne above them and glimpse the glory of the Lord. (Ez 1:4 & 26)
I trust in the Lord. How can you suggest to me, be off to the mountains like a bird?
Look, sinners have braced the bow.
They have prepared arrows for the quiver,
to shoot the upright of heart in the dark of night. They pulled down what you put up,
and what did the Just One do?
The Lord is in his holy temple,
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes gaze on the poor,
His sights examine the human race,
the Lord scrutinizes the just and the unjust.
The one who loves injustice hates his own soul. God will snag sinners in nets,
poured a hurricane of fire and brimstone into their cup —and because the Lord is just, and loves justice—
he will turn toward the honest.
From Basil’s Introduction to the Ascetical Life:
By royal edict, a home is available to the soldier wherever there are subjects of the king, so he doesn’t have to be concerned with building a house. His tent is pitched by the open road, and he takes his food as necessity demands. Water is his drink, and he sleeps as nature provides. Many are his marches and his vigils, and he endures heat and cold, engages the enemy—the worst and greatest of perils—and perhaps even death itself. But a glorious death is followed by rewards and the gifts of the king. His life is difficult during war, but joyful during peace. The prize for valor—the crown awarded to the one who has lived nobly in righteousness—is to be endowed with sovereignty, to be called the king’s friend, to stand at his side, to receive recognition and honors from the king’s hand, to be eminent among the king’s people, and to intercede for his friends who are not members of the court for whatever they want. Come then, soldier of Christ, and with the aid of these ordinary parallels drawn from human considerations, cultivate a desire for everlasting goods.
O Lord, how easily we carry the title of hospitaller, one called to minister to the sick and the injured, but how much more is demanded of us to earn the title by merit, by our acts of service and devotion. Do not let my commitment as a hospitaller become an empty boast. Amen.