This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, July 17, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us incline our ears to the words of the wise, and apply our hearts to know what is good. —And if we take them to heart
they will be a joy on our lips. (Prov. 22:17&18) Come, let us listen with the ear of our heart!
At the top of my voice I cried to the Lord, yes, at the top of my voice to God—
and he turned his attention to me.
On the day of my distress I sought God, raising my hands to him at night
and I was not wrong.
My soul refused to be soothed.
I remembered God and was glad,
I prattled on and my soul grew weary.
All my enemies were on the watch. I was troubled but said nothing.
I mused on the old days
and remembered years gone by.
At night I spoke with my heart
and probed my soul.
Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never be pleased again?
Will he cut off his mercy completely, for ever and ever?
Will God forget to show pity,
or will he lock up his pity in his anger?
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
After grace comes judgment when the judge will examine how you used the gracious gifts he gave you. But if you do not appreciate that you have been given grace, but made this grace your own accomplishment, then you are acting no better than the blessed Apostle Peter. In the matter of love for the Lord you will not surpass him who loved the Lord so much he wanted to die for him. But he spoke from too high an opinion of himself when he said, “Even if everyone fails you, I will never fail you.” (Matt. 26:33) For this he was snagged by human cowardice and fell by denying the Lord. But his lapse taught him prudent caution, and by coming to terms with his own weakness he could be merciful to the weak.
Lord Jesus Christ, even as you reached out to Peter when he began to sink in the waves (Matt. 14:28 & ff.), reach out to me when I commit myself to something good and admirable and then begin to regret my commitment because it asks of me something more than I realized when I pledged it. In joining this Order I made certain promises. Safeguard me from becoming lazy in keeping my pledges. Give me your hand to return me safely to the boat on which I embarked to give you an extra measure back from all you have given me. Amen.