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

Devotion for Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

 

An​ ​Invitation​ ​to​ ​Prayer​ ​(from​ ​St.​ ​Francis’​ ​​Canticle​)

Praised​ ​be​ ​you,​ ​my​ ​Lord,​ ​through​ ​Sister​ ​Water.

—Which​ ​is​ ​very​ ​useful​ ​and​ ​humble
​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​and​ ​precious​ ​and​ ​chaste.

Psalm​ ​7:1-5

O​ ​Lord,​ ​my​ ​God,​ ​I​ ​put​ ​my​ ​trust​ ​in​ ​you, save​ ​me​ ​from​ ​all​ ​those​ ​who​ ​harass​ ​me and​ ​rescue​ ​me;
lest,​ ​like​ ​a​ ​lion,​ ​they​ ​snatch​ ​my​ ​soul with​ ​no​ ​one​ ​to​ ​free​ ​me​ ​or​ ​save​ ​me.

O​ ​Lord,​ ​my​ ​God,​ ​if​ ​I​ ​have​ ​done​ ​any​ ​of​ ​this:
if​ ​there​ ​is​ ​crime​ ​on​ ​my​ ​hands,
if​ ​I​ ​have​ ​paid​ ​back​ ​evil​ ​to​ ​those​ ​generous​ ​with​ ​me,

then​ ​let​ ​me​ ​fall​ ​impoverished​ ​before​ ​my​ ​enemies;

let​ ​the​ ​enemy​ ​chase​ ​my​ ​soul​ ​and​ ​seize​ ​it,
and​ ​trample​ ​my​ ​life​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ground
and​ ​settle​ ​my​ ​glory​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dirt.

From​ ​Basil’s​​ ​On​ ​the​ ​Judgment​ ​of​ ​God
I do not think Paul was speaking about himself, for he had Christ speaking within him and he was guided by the one who told the crowd that he spoke to them in parables so that they might not understand the divine mysteries of the Gospel because they had already closed their eyes, and they were not really listening to grasp what they heard, and their foolish hearts had become gross. (Cf. Matt. 13:15) Since, by their own volition, they had already become blind by the darkening of the eye of their soul, they lost, as a consequence, the ability to see higher things. David, fearing this affliction, said, “Put light in my eyes lest I sleep in death!” (Ps. 12:4) From this, and similar evidence, I concluded that, in general, as a result of not knowing God, the evil of vice produces a perverted understanding and, in particular, that the disagreements of the world come from the fact that we have made ourselves unworthy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Lord’s​ ​leadership.

A​ ​Prayer
“Put light in my eyes lest I sleep in death,” (Ps. 13:6) the light of your Holy Spirit, O God. Like the effects of fatigue, I may be unaware that I am “falling asleep” to the world of the Spirit in which I have made camp by joining this Order. The novelty of belonging to a noble company of chivalry having worn off, I may slide back into a worldly way of thinking and acting. Keep me vigilant,​ ​as​ ​any​ ​soldier​ ​on​ ​duty​ ​must​ ​be​ ​vigilant.​ ​​ ​Amen.