This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, December 23, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
O Emmanuel, leader and ruler
for whom the nations wait for their salvation,
come and save us, O Lord our God.
-Come, let us embrace him!
Psalm 71/72, 1-7
O God, give your decision to the king,
and your righteousness to the son of the king,
to judge your people with righteousness
and the poor with justice.
Let the mountains provide peace for your people,
and the hills righteousness.
He will give judgment for the poor among the people
and save the children of the needy
and humble the extortioner.
He will endure as long as the sun,
and longer than the moon,
for generations of generations.
He will descend like rain on a fleece,
like gentle drops on the earth.
Righteousness shall thrive in his days,
and peace will abound until the moon vanishes.
A reading adapted from Basil’s, On the Human Condition
And God formed-molded-the human being. The word does not show us some technical operation. God’s “molding” is not like a sculptors. His creating activity fashioned all things in depth, working from within. If I had enough time I might show you the structure of the human being, and you would learn from your own self the wisdom of God concerning you, that -absolutely- a human being is a small cosmos. And it is a real honor that he bestows the name human on those he has made so beautifully. Even if I do not speak of the components individually, you know them from your experience.
As we travel in our imagination to the days when the Virgin Mary was on her way to Bethlehem with Joseph, may this contemplation strengthen us to walk the path you have traced out for us. And as the stable provided shelter when there was no room at the inn, may our hearts be always ready to shelter you, Lord Jesus, in sheltering the poor and the sick by our deeds of mercy in your name.