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

Devotion for Monday, August 16, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, clouds and lightening,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Let the earth bless the Lord,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:73&74)

Psalm 40(41)1-8

Blessed is the one aware of the poor and the needy,

on a day of disaster the Lord will deliver him.

May the Lord protect him and invigorate him,

and bless him on earth

and not put him in the hands of his enemy.

May the Lord help him on his sickbed,

nursing him all through his illness.

 

I said, “Lord have mercy on me,

heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.”

My enemies have said bad things about me,

“When will he die and his name disappear?”

And if one came to visit, his heart would speak a lie;

adding to his crime, he would leave and speak the same way.

 

From Basil’s homily on Psalm 14, sec. 6, conclusion:

The Lord said (Matt. 5:42), “Do not turn away anyone who wants to borrow from you.” This line accords with the one before it. Anyone who begs from you in this life because he is poor is asking you for a loan. He is pointing out to you the riches in heaven and discharges your debt on his behalf, because whoever shows mercy to the poor lends to God. (Prov. 19:17) The kingdom of heaven secures the loan!  May all of us be worthy of this by the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and his love for humanity, with whom be glory and power with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen!

 

A Prayer

How many times have I walked past someone in need, or a situation that cries for intervention, and not noticed?  I may have been distracted by my own concerns, or simply daydreaming, or even excusing myself with the rationale that it doesn’t concern me or that it is none of my business.  O Holy Spirit, make me alert, as every soldier should be, for I am pledged to a military order. Make me vigilant, like a soldier on guard duty, so that I might respond appropriately to those situations where I can do good for Christ in the person of my neighbor. Amen.