This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, July 14, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Payer
The one who ignores the cry of the weak will eventually call and no one will hear. —The pursuit of justice and compassion
leads to life and honor. (Prov. 21:13 & 21) Come, let us imitate the compassion of God!
I have become like an omen to many. You are my strong helper.
Let my mouth be filled with praise that I might sing of your glory,
your majesty, all day long.
Do not reject me in old age;
do not abandon me when my strength fails.
For my enemies speak against me,
and those with designs on my life plot, saying
“God has abandoned him. Pursue him and take him, for there is no one to rescue him.”
Do not be far from me, O God,
come quickly to help me.
May those who assault my soul be disgraced and fail;
let those who seek to harm me be shamed and embarrassed.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
Indeed, Paul boasts because he despises his own righteousness and seeks that which comes through Christ, the righteousness that issues from God on the basis of faith, so as to know him and the power of his resurrection, and share his sufferings by submitting to a death like his that he might somehow attain the resurrection of the dead. (Cf. Phil. 3:9-11) This cuts down every boast of pride. Nothing is left to inflate the ego, you mortal, since your boast and hope now lies in mortifying yourself in everything and looking for the life that comes in Christ. When we get a taste of this coming life we are already doing these things, living entirely by God’s grace and his gifts. Indeed, “God is the one who engenders in us the will, and then to work, for his good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13)
O God, who has chosen us to be an Order of Knights under the blessed protection of Saint Lazarus, grant that we—in full devotion to You, and abounding in neighborly charity—may show ourselves invincible against the enemies of the Cross, remaining faithful unto death, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.