This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Monday, August 2, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

July 16

An Invitation to Prayer

Let us think about the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in sincerity of heart.
—For he does not reveal himself to the skeptic

but to those who trust in him. ​(Wis 1:1&2)

Psalm 139(140):1-6

Rescue me from the evil person,
save me from the unjust man
and those who plot injustice in their hearts, and plan their attacks every day.

They jab with their tongues like a snake, the poison of adders under their tongues.

Guard me from the reach of a sinner, rescue me from dishonest people— those who plot to break my stride.

The conceited have concealed a trap for me, setting snares to catch my feet,
putting an obstacle along my path.

I said to the Lord, you are my God, listen to the sound of my supplication.

From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
Where sin is concerned, accuse yourself and do not wait for others to rebuke you. Then you will be like “the righteous person who accuses himself when he begins to speak.” (Prov. 18:17) Then you will be like Job who protested that, if he had sinned unintentionally, he did not hide his sin. (Cf. Job 31:34) Do not be sever when you rebuke. Do not be quick to make an accusation nor be emotional when you do, for this smacks of arrogance. Do not correct small things, as though you were perfect. Accept those who have been caught in some offense and restore them spiritually, as St. Paul exhorts, and “keep an eye on yourself, lest you also be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1)

A Prayer

Guard me, O Lord, from “the reach of a sinner” that comes to me so subtly that I may not realize I am in danger of falling by imitating a bad example. Let me listen for the footfall of the lion who prowls so quietly that I am unaware of him, and who then springs on me violently and I am overcome. (I Peter 5:8) Protect me from my own lack of awareness so that I may be safe and take my place in your Kingdom. Amen.