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

Devotion for Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

 

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, mountains and hills,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, all that grows from the ground,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:75&76)

Psalm 40(41)9-14

My enemies gossiped about me,

they conspired to harm me.

They spread lies about me, saying,

“He has taken to his bed;

will he ever get up again?”

Even the person at peace with me,

in whom I trusted and who ate my bread,

has raised his heel to kick me.

 

But take pity on me, O Lord,

and raise me up so I can pay them back.

And this is how I will know that I am yours,

that my enemy gets no joy over me.

You supported me on account of my innocence,

and gave me a place before you for the ages.

 

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ages of ages.

Amen! Amen!

The conclusion (cap. 22) from Basil’s The Morals:

What is the mark of a Christian? Faith working by love; with a conviction of the truth of those inspired words so sure that it cannot be shaken by any rhetorical argument, nor by an appeal to nature’s necessities, nor by the pretenses of false piety. What is the mark of a faithful soul? To accept such dispositions fully on the authority of Scripture, not daring to omit anything nor to add anything. For, as St. Paul says, “all that does not come from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23), and “faith follows from what is heard, and what is heard from the words of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).  Everything outside of Holy Scripture, not being from faith, is sin.  What is the mark of love for God? To observe his com- mandments with the aim of glorifying him.  What is the mark of love for our neighbor? Not to hunt for what we want, but to provide the loved one with whatever benefits him both physically and spiritually.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, your prophet Isaiah described you as, “A suffering man used to putting up with infirmities; someone disrespected, not honored.” (Isaiah 53:3) Teach me by your example how to navigate all the distress, mistrust, injustice and even overt hostility I might face in this life. Certainly putting up with sickness can be challenging enough, but enduring harsh misjudgments—especially if they come from those I consider my friends—is a torture more painful than that. Never let me grow bitter, but lead me to endure my suffering as a source of blessings for others as I complete in my body something missing in your sufferings for the good of all. (Cf. Colossians 1:24)  Amen!