This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, July 11, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
The one who can stifle a harsh word is prudent, and a patient person is sensible. (Prov. 26 & 27a)
—Wisdom will be granted to a frivolous person who asks for it.
Come, let us seek the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God! (Rom. 11:33)
Judge me, O God,
and defend my cause against an ungodly nation, deliver me from an unjust and deceitful person.
For you are my strength, O God;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go around depressed by my enemy’s oppression?
Send forth your light and your truth. They have led me and brought me
to your holy mountain and to your tent.
I will approach the altar of God
—the God of the joy of my youth—
and acknowledge you on a harp, O God, my God.
Why are you despondent, my soul,
and why do you confound me?
Hope in God, for I shall acknowledge him— my face-saving God!
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
Again, that murder Abimelech, the son (sic. really grandson cf.Judges 8:22) of Gideon, assassinated his father’s seventy legitimate sons and, thinking he had hit on a smart way to secure the kingdom for himself, crushed his accomplices in the murder, but then he was crushed by them, and in the end he was dispatched by a woman who dropped a millstone on his head.
O Holy Spirit, let me heed the words of St. Paul. “Be filled with the Spirit, reciting to yourself psalms, praises and hymns to God, singing and making music to God in your hearts.” (Eph, 5:18b-19) Enable me, as much as possible, to have that constant awareness of God so that it fills my heart with songs of gratitude and praise for all that the Divine Providence had granted me, and that I may ever know you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as “the God of the joy of my youth” every day of my life. Amen.