This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, July 18, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
The light of the Lord is breath for a person which searches us to our core.
—Truth and compassion guard a leader,
and crown his work with justice. (Prov. 20:27)
Come, let us invoke the Judge of the living and the dead!
Psalm 33(34) 11-22
Come, children, and listen to me
and I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is there that wants life,
loving to see good days?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from uttering lies.
Turn from evil and do good,
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears on their petitions.
But the Lord’s face is turned from those who do evil to wipe out their memory from the earth.
The just cried out and the Lord heard them,
and from all their afflictions he delivered them.
The Lord is close to the crushed
and will save the humble-minded.
How many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will rescue them from them all. He will guard all their bones,
not one of them shall be broken.
The death of sinners is wretched,
and those who hate the righteous go wrong.
The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants, and none of those who hope in him will go wrong.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
The devil, having overthrown the human being by getting him to hope for false glory, never ceases to entice people by the same ploys and by concocting a multitude of schemes to do it. For example, he shows someone an enormous amount of money as something awesome in order to get him to see it as a step toward achieving personal greatness so that he makes every attempt to get it. But doing so adds nothing to his glory and puts him in great danger. Accumulating money lays a foundation for greed, and having it does not necessarily bring a good reputation. On the contrary, it blinds to no purpose, it leads to vain haughtiness, and brings about a condition in the soul similar to inflammation. A tumor is not healthy; it is not beneficial to a swollen body and may even be fatal. And that is what pride does to the soul.
The life of a good person is not free of pain and distress, O Lord, just as the life of a soldier is marked by danger and wounds. Reassure me when I must face physical and emotional trials in my life, so that in a dark hour I will remember that you are the Lord of all creation, the maker of heaven and earth, and that—like a soldier—I will eventually receive my discharge from this army. May it be truly honorable! Amen.