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​.

Psalm​ ​7:6-13
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!

A​ ​Prayer
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.