This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us entrust what we do to the Lord,
so that we may achieve our aims.
—For the Lord made everything for a purpose, even the wicked to serve as an example. Turn us to you, O Lord!
The sinner reassure himself before his sin— there is no fear of God before his eyes.
This is how he deceives himself,
lest he see his sin and hate it. The words from his mouth are sin and deceit, he has no idea how to do good.
He schemes to do evil even in bed,
commits himself to every wicked course, and is not ashamed of vice.
O Lord, your mercy is in the heavens, and your truth reaches the clouds.
Your justice is like the mountains of God, and your judgments like the vast deeps.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
And it is not just money that engenders arrogance. It is not just the fancy food and flashy clothing which money buys that causes people to become arrogant. It is more than setting their tables with sumptuous feasts far beyond necessity, decking themselves with the most expensive clothing, building enormous houses and decorating them with costly artifacts, employing an army of servants as their retinue to wait on them and any number of fawners, but also being drafted for positions of prominence that cause people to think too much of themselves, beyond what is reasonable. If the community bestows some preeminent position on them, if they are deemed worthy of some privileged rank and are voted to receive some exceptional distinction, they act as if they have become more than merely human.
Do not let my heart be seduced by a greedy desire for wealth and prestige, nor let it be enslaved by avarice in any form. Teach me contentment with a reasonable security, and make me as generous as my means permit with those who do not have enough. Let me experience the want of the other Lazarus, the one who longed for the scraps from the rich man’s table, and never let me become that blind unfeeling rich man. Amen.