This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Payer
The Lord hates a heart full of arrogance
and he will not leave it unpunished.
– But kindness and loyalty will atone for sin, and respect for the Lord forestalls evil. Create in us, O Lord, a clean heart!
You maintain people and animals, O Lord; how widely you spread your mercy, O God, so that the human race feels secure
in the shelter of your wings.
(Prov. 16:5-6) (Ps. 50:10)
They will be satisfied with the abundance of your house,
and you will have them drink from the stream of your delights, because the fountain of life is with you,
and in you light we see light.
Extend your mercy to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart. May the foot of the arrogant never approach me, nor the hand of the sinner topple me.
Mark where all those who do evil finish— thrown out and not able to get up.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
Such individuals not only begin to think of themselves as seated in the clouds and regard the people under their jurisdiction as their footstools, but they are also haughty to those who bestowed the honor on them to begin with. In fact, they act arrogantly with those they believe were instrumental in making them a person of importance. They get themselves entangled in a situation loaded with foolishness, since the prestige they have is more vacuous than a dream. They are robed in a splendor no more real than a dream in the night since it came about by the vote of the people and can be dissolved by their decision. Such was the case with Solomon’s astoundingly immature son. When the people sought a more gentle administration he threatened them with a harsher one, and by that lost his kingdom. So he was deprived of his status by the very thing he expected to make himself look more regal. (Cf. I King 12)
Allow me to judge justly, Lord, neither thinking too much of myself and those I like, nor too little of myself and those I do not like. Make me always grateful for the talents and skills you have vested in me, and for those who have helped me to develop them and who have given me an opportunity to use them; and keep me vigilant against discounting anything for which I should be grateful, especially those who may do me the most good, even when it irritates me. Keep me balanced, fair and just, Lord God!