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

Devotion for Monday, June 28, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

June 24:​ ​Summer Christmas: The Birth of John the Baptist

An Invitation to Prayer

The Lord made wisdom before the hills were formed;
it was there as he prepared the sky.
—He marked out his throne upon the winds
and it was in wisdom that he took delight. ​(Cf. Prov. 8:25 & 27)
Come, let us adore him!

Psalm 26(27) 7-14

O Lord, hear my voice as I cry out,
and have mercy on me and listen to me.

My heart said to you,
I have searched for your face,
and I will look for your face still, O Lord.
Do not turn your face from me,
do not look away from your servant in anger.
Be my helper; do not constrain me,
do not overlook me, O God my Savior.

My father and my mother ignored me
but the Lord has accepted me.
Direct me on your way, O Lord,
and guide me along the right path because of my enemies.
Do not hand me over to the will of my persecutors
for unjust witnesses rise against me, perjurers hatching lies.

I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Be brave. Wait for the Lord.
Let your heart be strong and wait for the Lord.

A reading from Basil’s ​Long Rules​, #50, how the superior should administer a rebuke.

The superior should not administer a rebuke to an offender when his own emotions are aroused. By admonishing a member with anger and indignation he does not free the offender from his faults but joins himself to the error. That is why St. Paul says, “instruct those who resist with gentleness.” (II Tim. 2:25) Nor should he get angry even when he is treated in a disrespectful manner, or sees another treated that way. He should comport himself with forbearance toward the sinner but, in the second case, he should express displeasure at the wrong done. By this difference in his reactions he will avoid a suspicion of self-love and demonstrate that he does not hate the sinner but is repelled by the sin.

A Prayer

O holy John—you who baptized the Lord and for whom our brothers under the cross called the city of Acre by your name—high praise befits you, a man of the boldest courage, but our praises fall short by far. Yet the accolade of our Master and Lord will more than suffice for he called you “the greatest ever born of woman.” And if you are Elias returned, let your mantle fall upon us that, as true knights, we may advance the Kingdom of God upon this earth. Amen. ​(Cf. Matt. 11:12-13