This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, June 17, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
I heard someone speaking to me from the Temple,
this is the dais of my throne, the place where I rest my feet. —Abide here with the children of Israel, O God. (Ezekiel 43:7)
Guard me, Lord, for I put my trust in you. I said to the Lord, you are my Lord, because you have no need of my goods.
Regarding the gods in the land,
how extraordinary God’s plans for them.
Their weakness increased, and how very quickly! I will not join in their bloody assemblies,
I will not take their names on my lips.
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup, the one who restores my inheritance to me.
My boundary lines fall in the nicest places;
indeed, I have the best inheritance.
I will bless the Lord who counsels me.
Moreover, my heart instructs me until night.
The Lord appears always before my face,
he is at my right hand so I do not falter.
And so my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced, and my flesh will rest in hope
for you will not abandon my soul to the underworld, nor will you permit your devotee to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life.
You will fill me with joy in your presence,
with delights at your right hand forever.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #41, cont.
One who is master of a trade that is in no way objectionable to the community ought not abandon it, however. To deem something at one’s immediate disposal as of no account is the sign of an unstable mind and a fickle will. Now, just as it has been shown that relying on oneself is inappropriate, so is refusing to submit to the judgment of others. If one is adept at a trade that is unacceptable to the community, he should be ready to give it up as proof that he has no affection for anything in this world. To follow personal preference is, in the words of St. Paul, the act of one “with no hope.” (Cf. I Thess. 4:12) But to be obedient in all things is worthy of commendation, since St. Paul also praised such people because “they gave their own selves first to the Lord, then also to us, by the will of God.” (II Cor. 8:5) For the rest, everyone should be devoted to his own trade, applying himself to it enthusiastically and accomplishing it blamelessly with ready zeal and careful attention, as though God were the supervisor.
How manifold are your various gifts, O Holy Spirit, including the aptitudes you implant in us by your choice and the skills we develop when we cooperate with you. Each day we live in different arenas, in our family life, our professional life, and our spiritual life. Impart to me your grace to be at my best in each, to be flexible yet steadfast, as a member of a Military Order should be, and become the person you are making me to the glory of the Father in Christ Jesus my liege Lord. Amen! (Cf. I Cor. 12:4 & ff.)