This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, August 24, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
God makes the earth produce herbs for medicine,
which a prudent person should not ignore.
—Wasn’t the water made sweet by some wood (Cf. Exodus 16:23)
so that people might learn its power?
Let us thank God with praise! (Sirach 38:4-5)
He made the moon for the seasons,
the sun to know its setting.
You bring darkness and it is night,
and all the beasts of the forest roam around;
the cubs roar on the prowl,
seeking their food from God.
The sun rises and they return
and go to lie down in their dens.
Then people go out to work,
to labor until evening.
What a great variety in your works, O Lord,
with wisdom you made them all.
The earth is filled with your creation!
There is the big and wide sea—
with innumerable creeping things,
creatures great and small.
The ships sail there,
and Leviathan, whom you fashioned for sport.
From Basil’s Long Rules, question 55:
Now the plants which can treat specific maladies do not grow out of the soil spontaneously. It is evidently the will of the Creator that they serve our needs. And so, utilizing the natural effects from the roots and flowers, leaves, fruits and juices—or in such metals or products from the sea that are found to be beneficial for physical health—should be approached in the same way as procuring food and drink. Christians must avoid whatever requires an undue amount of time or trouble, or requires an inordinate amount of effort, causing our whole life, as it were, to revolve around caring for our body. We must take great care to use medical arts, if necessary, in such a way that we do not see them as the only remedy for the condition of our health or illness, but as something adding to the glory of God and as a metaphor for the care of our soul.
O God, who has chosen us to be an Order of Knights under the blessed protection of Saint Lazarus, grant that we—in full devotion to You, and abounding in neighborly charity—may show ourselves invincible against the enemies of the Cross, remaining faithful unto death, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.