This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer from St. Francis’ Canticle
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord, Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
—And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the devout.
Let Israel rejoice in its creator,
and the children of Zion be glad in their king.
Let them praise his name in a dance,
and make music to him with drum and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people—
and exalts the docile with salvation.
The devout will boast in glory,
and be joyful on their beds.
The exaltation of God in their throats,
and a double-edged sword in their hands
to exact retribution from the nations—
punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with shackles
and their nobles with iron manacles,
to execute on them the prescribe sentence.
This is the glory for all his devout!
From Basil’s On the Judgment of God
Thinking this through, and dumbfounded at the enormity of the outrage, I delved more deeply into it and became convinced that the cause was no less true of secular difficulties. I noticed that as long as the common compliance of others to a particular leader was maintained, discipline and harmony prevailed in the whole group, but a lack of leadership produced division and discord, and rivalry among leaders. In fact, I once noticed a swarm of bees acting according to their instincts. They live with a military discipline and obey their leader with orderly precision. I have seen many similar examples, and I have heard of many more, and people who study such matters know even more still, so that they can vouch for the accuracy of what I say.
Lord Jesus, you warned us that “the one who is not with me is against me, and the one who does not join me scatters.” (Matt. 12:30) You organized a community of your followers to hand on your Gospel and to keep your family of faith united. Put your Spirit on my mind and in my heart that I might be true to my call to stand by you, and that I might promote unity in your community in fulfillment of my pledge to promote the works of this Order. Amen.