This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, June 20, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
The Lord provides the sun for the day and the moon and the stars for the night. —He stirs the sea and its waves roar,
and he is called God most high! (Jer. 38:35)
The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky displays the work of his hands. Day to day emblazons its message, night to night conveys knowledge. There are no speeches, no words,
no message is heard,
yet their cry goes out to all the world
and their message to the ends of the earth.
He pitched his tent in the sun;
he comes out like a bridegroom from his bridal suite, as happy as a giant to run his course.
He starts at one end of the sky
and he finishes at the other end,
and nothing can escape its heat.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #42: The aim and disposition that workers should have.
We must also keep in mind that the worker ought to perform his task, not for the purpose of serving his own need by it, but to fulfill the command of the Lord, “I was hungry and you fed me,” and so on. To be solicitous for one’s self is strictly forbidden by the Lord; as he said, “Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat; nor your body, what you shall wear;” and he adds, “the pagans are looking for all these things.” In doing his work, everyone should have in mind as his first concern the needy, and not his own satisfaction. This will save him from self-love and bring him the blessing of fraternal charity from the Lord who said, “As long as you did it to one of these, the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it for me.”
Heavenly Father, creator of all that is, send me the Holy Spirit to illumine my attitude so that I begin to see, not just the physical aspect of things around me, as much as their deeper import, tokens of your love and care for all of us. Let me read the wordless writing of the stars which speak, not only of your power, but also of your love and affection. May that Spirit help me to realize that you have adorned the cosmos with beauty not only to delight yourself, but to share that delight with me. Enable me to enjoy the deep vision of your love in everything around me. Amen.