This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
A good person never disdains being corrected by the Lord.
He falls, but watches for what God will do for him. (PsSol 3:4)
—He eagerly watches, looking from whence his well-being comes.
Come, let us wait for what the Lord will show us.
I would welcome the one who would protect me
from the storm and my fears.
Expose their talk and dismiss it, O Lord,
for I found crime and hostility in the city,
making their rounds on its walls night and day,
with lawlessness, distress and injustice within it,
with extortion and suffering never far from its streets.
If an enemy had scorned me,
I could put up with it;
And if someone who hated me ridiculed me,
I could have avoided him.
But it was you, someone like-minded,
my advisor and confidant,
who made sharing a meal sweeter,
who walked in harmony with me in the House of God.
Let Death overtake them—
may they go to Hell alive,
because depravity is at home among them.
From An Ascetical Discourse by Basil
It is proper for those who lead the dedicated life to take thought for their livelihood, as Paul prescribes, so that they may eat their bread with honor. (2 Thess 3:12) And work should be assigned at the direction of an older member well known for holiness of life, who will take into account the work they are doing in obtaining what is necessary for these same hands in a way as to fulfill the command of providing bread with labor and sweat. The reputations of the rest of the community should be kept unsullied and above reproach by not requiring them to mix with the public in securing life’s necessities. The best rule and standard for a well-disciplined life is this, to be indifferent to the pleasures or pain of the flesh, but to avoid excesses in either direction, so that the body may not be encumbered by obesity nor rendered sickly and thus unable to carry out its tasks. The same harm to the soul results from both kinds of excess. When the body is not brought under the control, natural vigor makes us rush headlong into shameful impulses. On the other hand, when the body is lethargic, debilitated and torpid, it is inhibited by pain. When the body is in such a condition it cannot raise its sights, weighted down as it is in league with the physical malady, and it becomes absorbed with the pain and becomes intent on itself.
How many times I must face the pains and irritations of daily life, in my family, my profession and in society around me. Sometimes I think I cannot put up with the disappointments and frustrations any longer. Grant me the wisdom—by your Holy Spirit, O Lord—to attend wisely to the needs of my body and of my mind—rest and nourishment for both—and then to restrain any ideas or urges—even the impulse to do some great good—that will prove harmful in the long run. Amen.