This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You, our God, are kind, true and patient,
arranging everything with mercy.
—Even if we sin we know we are yours,
and knowing this should keep us from sin! (WisSol 15:1&2)
Come, let us know the Lord better!
A senseless person held in esteem
resembles the dumb beasts,
and becomes just like them.
This way of theirs will trip them up—
they soon value everything by appetite.
They were penned in the Underworld like sheep.
and Death will tend them.
At the Dawn the upright will have dominion over them.
Their rescue from the Underworld will fade,
along with their glory.
But God will rescue my life from the hand of Hell
when he accepts me.
Do not be upset when a person gets rich,
when the repute of his family grows.
Because when he dies, he will take nothing at all,
nor will his prestige go down with him.
Because his soul will be blessed in this life,
he will acknowledge you for treating him well.
Yet he will join the generation of his ancestors
and never see the light again.
From An Ascetical Discourse by Basil
But since we should touch on specific features as well, we must briefly reiterate the following points. Those who are set aside from the ordinary life in the world and follow a regimen more closely approximating the divine life, should not embrace this on their own, and nor as hermits. It is good for this way of life to have a witness so as to forestall unfounded suspicions. Just as the Passover regulation prescribes at least ten participants, so those who practice the spiritual life together should properly exceed, rather than fall short of, this number. There should be one leader appointed to regulate this admirable way of life, who has been chosen in preference to the rest after a thorough examination of his life and character and consistent good behavior. Age should be taken into consideration where special honor is to be accorded. It is somehow in keeping with human nature that something older is more worthy of respect. Moreover, this leader should exercise such authority—with the members only obeying voluntarily, submissively and humbly—so as to prevent anyone in the community from questioning his will when he gives any order which would contribute to the honor and perfection of religious life.
Make me wise in all my ways, O God. Let me learn to appreciate the wisdom that your world and its people present to me, and never dismiss convention or courtesy as simply arbitrary rules imposed without reason to limit my freedom and initiative. Amen.