This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, September 12, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer (from St. Francis’ Canticle)
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire.
—Through whom you light the night
and he is beautiful, playful, robust and strong.
Get up, Lord, in your rage,
be glorified in the elimination of my enemies. Wake up, O Lord my God,
with the decree you have promulgated,
and the assembly of the people around you
as you take your high place.
The Lord will judge the peoples!
Judge me, my Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my innocence.
Let the wickedness of sinners come to an end
and guide the righteous,
O God who searches our minds and hearts.
Justice is my help from God,
who saves all the good-hearted.
God is a just judge, and strong and patient,
one who does not vent his anger every day.
If you do not come around he will sharpen his sword, stretch his bow and make it ready,
putting the instruments of death to it,
tipping his arrows with fire.
From Basil’s On the Judgment of God
Even if I were to apply myself to an inquiry into such behavior, I would not be able to assess fully its stupidity or irrationality or madness, or whatever. I am at a loss for a word for such an enormous evil. If we find mutual harmony among wild animals because they follow the leader of their pack, what should we say about the terrible discord among us, and of our insubordination to the Lord’s orders? Shouldn’t we consider that these examples are provided to us now by the good God for our instruction and conversion? But on the great and dreadful Judgment Day they will be presented by him to shame and condemn those who did not profit by their instruction!
I may not realize that I am passing up opportunity after opportunity to become a more noble person; not someone who flaunts a hollow etiquette, but who becomes by training and practice an individual whose routine demeanor and usual temperament embodies the chivalry which is supposed to characterize the group in which I willingly enlisted. Like a good scout on patrol, help me spot every opportunity, and then give me an added measure of strength to seize it. Amen.