This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, September 13, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer (from St. Francis’ Canticle)
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth! —Who sustains us and governs us
and produces varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
See! He was pregnant with injustice, conceiving mischief,
and delivering lawlessness.
He dug a pit, and dug it deep,
and he shall fall into the pit he made.
His mischief will return on his own head;
his injustice will come down on his own skull.
I will acknowledge the Lord for his justice;
I will sing to the name of the Lord most high.
From Basil’s On the Judgment of God
The Lord has already said, and keeps repeating, “The ox knows his owner, and the ass its master’s crib, but Israel has not known me and my people did not understand;” (Isa. 1:3) and many similar statements. Consider these words of St. Paul, “If one member suffers, all the others suffer with it; and if one member is glorified, then all the members rejoice with it.” (I Cor.12:26) Similarly, “there should be no split in the body; its members should be looking out for each other” (12:25), that is to say, animated by one soul dwelling in them. Why? In my opinion, so that the conformity and harmony envisioned by the words, “You are the Body of Christ, each member a part” (12:27), may exist to a pre-eminent degree in the Church of God. The one and only true head, which is Christ, exercises governance and unites the members to each other into a harmonious cooperation.
A good soldier must obey orders, no matter what. And a really expert soldier never hesitates, especially in the face of confrontation or an attack. Give me that trust in you, Lord Jesus! When Pilate, with all the security and power of the Roman Empire backing him, said—probably with withering sarcasm—“So then, are you a king?” You answered immediately and unflinchingly, “You said it, I am.” (John 18:37) May I learn your orders for me, not simply in my head, but also in my heart and in my gut that I may be your good soldier at all times. Amen.