This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, June 19, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Every kind of fruit tree will grow beside this river, its leaves will never wither, its fruit never fail. —There will be new fruit every month,
because this water comes from the sanctuary.
The fruit is nourishing and the leaves are medicinal. (Ezekiel 47:12)
I cried and you heard me, O God.
Lean your ear toward me and listen to what I say. Show your mercy in a remarkable way,
saving those who hope in you.
Protect me like the pupil of your eye
from those who resist your right hand.
Shelter me with the cover of your wings
in the presence of the ungodly who harass me.
My enemies close in on my soul while they grow fat and their mouths gush arrogance.
They have driven me out and surround me,
their eyes are fixed on driving me into the ground. They pounce on me like a lion ready for its prey, like a lion cub lurking in ambush.
Get up, O Lord; stop them and knock them down, rescue my soul from the godless,
from the enemies at your hand with your sword. Wipe them off the earth, O Lord;
scatter them in their lifetime.
They filled their bellies with your stores; filled with children,
they leave the rest for their babies.
I will appear before your face in justice and be satisfied in beholding your glory.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #41, cont.
Care for tools is, first of all, the responsibility of the individual using them. If something is damaged, the person who first notices it should take proper steps on the grounds that each tool is the property of the whole community. While the use of the tools may be a private matter, their benefits are intended for all, and to regard someone else’s tools with crass indifference betrays a lack of community spirit. And it is not right for those who practice a trade to exercise such control over tools so as to prevent the superior of the community from using them for whatever purpose he wishes. Nor should they be sold or exchanged, or others acquired at whim. How can a person who has chosen irrevocably to forego being master even of his own hands, and who has vested in another the direction of his activities— how can he be consistent in maintaining absolute control over the tools of his trade?
Heavenly Father, you care for the birds of the air in feeding them and deck the wildflowers with such beauty. Your will is the tool of your providence, and you exercise it with generosity and with restraint, and you maintain our world as you see fit. May I take note of everything your providence has put in my care and keeping, and may I respect with diligence all that is entrusted to me. May I never abuse the world in which you have set me, nor damage it through my indifference or ignorance. May I observe the instructions you first gave to Adam, the father of our race, to govern the earth and work it in whatever way you would have me do to discharge these duties. Amen. (Cf. Gen. 1:28 & 2:5)