This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, June 13, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
“Stand up, Son of Man,” said the Lord,
“I am going to speak to you.”
—The Spirit entered me and made me stand up,
and I heard him speaking to me. (Ez 2:1-2)
Save me, O Lord, for the devout are gone,
and truth disappears from the human race.
All tell lies to their neighbor;
their lips deceive, speaking with a double heart.
May the Lord destroy all lying lips and boasting tongues, those who say, our tongue is our boast,
our lips are our own; who is our master?
Because of the misery of the poor,
and the groaning of the needy,
I will now arise, says the Lord.
I will settle them in safety, and speak to them openly.
The words of the Lord are words unalloyed, like silver refined by fire,
purified of dross seven times over.
You will guard us, O Lord,
and protect us from this generation forever
for the ungodly are encircling all around us.
In your grandeur you strengthen the human race.
From Basil’s Introduction to the Ascetical Life:
Follow the celestial Bridegroom and repel the charge of the invisible enemy. Wage war against Principalities and Powers, driving them out of your own soul to begin with, and then out of those who—hurrying to you looking for the protection of your good advice—will make you their leader and champion. Do not get taken in by propaganda opposed to the faith of Christ. Fight impious and wicked opinions with the message of piety. As Paul says, “the weapons of our military service are not physical, but powerful for God to take down entrenched opinions, taking down all towering opposition to knowing God.” (2 Cor. 10:4-5) Most of all, put your trust in the arm of the great king, the very sight of which makes his enemies afraid and nervous. And whenever he wants you to become holy by enduring danger, wishing to pit his own forces against the foe, then let your weapons be invisible in every battle, your soul undaunted by peril, and with ready compliance move your position from land to land, from sea to sea. Do not be faint-hearted in the face of suffering. Keep your eyes on the one who suffered so much for you, knowing that for the sake of Christ you must be tested by these things but you can be the victor over them because you follow a king who is the victor and who wants you to share in his victory.
Lord Jesus, when Peter took his sword to defend you in the garden you told him to put it away and reminded him you could ask your Father to provide you with twelve legions of angels immediately. Help me to discern, by the light of your Holy Spirit, when I should be forceful and when I should be tolerant, when I must be aggressive and when I will accomplish more by being meek. Dispose me to endure the annoyances, disappointments, and hurts of my daily life as the cost of being a good soldier. Let me make your words mine, “Not my will, Father, but yours.” Amen.