This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, June 14, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer:
This was the sound of the creatures’ wings,
“Blessed be the glory of the Most High in his temple.” —Come, let us adore him
and open our hearts to him!
How long, O Lord, will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you turn you face away from me?
How long must I examine my soul with pain in my heart? Daily? How long will my enemies have the upper hand over me?
Look at me and listen to me, O Lord my God! Put light in my eyes lest I sleep in death,
lest my enemy say, I got the best of him.
If I am shaken my enemies will be so happy,
But I trust in your mercy.
My heart will rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord my benefactor,
I shall praise the name of the Lord.
From Basil’s Introduction to the Ascetical Life:
You will hear the commendation, well done, good and faithful servant, brave soldier and imitator of the Lord, follower of the king. I shall reward you with my own gifts and I shall pay attention to your words as you did to mine. You will ask for the salvation of your brothers and sisters laboring under oppression and you will receive from the king for your comrades in the faith and in holy love a share in his blessings. You will join in the never-ending dance and wear your crown in the sight of the angels, ruling over creation in league with the king and living the blessed life with the blessed. And if he wishes to leave you still on earth after your battles in order to wage other and different kinds of warfare to rescue many from engagements with visible and invisible enemies, you will even have glory on earth. You will be held in honor by your friends who will have found in you a defender, a friend in need, and an able spokesman. They will cherish you as a brave soldier. They will honor you as a brave champion. They will salute you as a friend and welcome you with joy as an angel of God and, as Paul even said, as Christ Jesus himself.
Lord Jesus, you told us not to labor for things that will not last, and you have set before us a lasting recompense for those who wish to strive for it. May your Holy Spirit—who once drove you into the desert to expose the limits and the danger posed by the quest for material possessions, the satisfying of the ego and the manipulating of others for our own power—now drive me to a greater awareness of these tendencies in me, a person who has sworn to serve. I thank you for allowing me to see what I might gain in a good and honest way if I keep my vow of service with all integrity. Amen.