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

Devotion for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

June 12

An Invitation to Prayer

The glory of the Lord was coming by way of the gate facing east, to the sound of the ocean and the earth glowing with his glory. —And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court,

and the Temple was full of the Lord’s glory. ​(Ezekiel 43:1&4)

Psalm 14/15,

Lord, who will spend time in your tent,
who will rest on your holy mountain?
One who walks blamelessly and does justice,
speaking truth from the heart,
whose tongue does not utter deceit;
who does nothing bad to a neighbor,
nor carry tales about those close to him;
who snubs a wicked person in his presence;
who commends those who fear the Lord,
who will not break a promise made to a neighbor,
who will not lend his money at interest,
who will take no bribe against the innocent—
and the one who does these things shall never be shaken.

A reading from Basil’s ​Long Rules​, #41
Even in the case of approved trades, an individual ought not be allowed to pursue one he decides to learn, even if it is one in which he is skilled, but rather let him take up the one for which he is judged best suited. The person who is giving up his own “self” and sets aside his own wishes does not do what he wants but what he is directed to do. For reason does not permit him to make such a decision on his own as to what is good and useful since he has irrevocably handed over the disposal of himself to others who will—in the Lord’s name—select the task for which they find him suited. Whoever chooses a task in accord with his personal preference indicts himself, first, of self-gratification; and second, of preferring something for worldly recognition or hope of gain, or something like that; or of choosing it for ease or indifference. To be guilty of such faults is an indication that a person is not yet free from evil passions. And, to be sure, he has not practiced self-denial, since in his eagerness to give full play to his own impulses he does not give up the things of this world and is still being held captive by prospects of fame or gain.

A Prayer

O Holy Spirit, continue to suffuse me with your divine inspiration and discernment that I might know, as if by instinct, how to react and respond to all the changing elements around me. Do not let me be stymied by a lack of principle, nor victimize by my own prejudices. O you who plumb even the deep things of God, open a channel in my mind and heart and let that channel be filled with truth tempered with kindness so that I may be God’s good servant. Amen.