This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, December 25, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Ascend the high mountain, O Zion,
messenger of glad tidings;
and cry at the top of your voice, Jerusalem,
herald of good news, and say
Here is your God!Isaiah 40:9
-Come, let us adore him!
The kings of Tarshish and the isles shall pay him tribute,
the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.
All kings shall bow before him,
all nations serve him.
For he rescues the poor from the powerful,
and the needy who are helpless.
He will relieve the poor and the powerless,
and he will save the lives of the needy.
He will deliver their lives from extortion and injustice,
for their names will be honorable with him.
And he shall live long,
and the gold of Arabia will be given to him.
They will pray for him continually,
and bless him all day long.
A reading adapted from Basil’s, Letter to Amphilochius, #233
The mind’s faculty of discernment has been given to us to comprehend the truth. But our God is truth itself. So, in the first instance, our mind is made to know God, but to know him as much as the infinitely great can be perceived by the very small. Although eyes are designed to see visible objects, they cannot bring everything into view at once. The eye cannot see the opposite ends of the horizon simultaneously. While a visual panorama surrounds us with many things in it, we are not seeing everything, such as the stars, the quality of the sky, the curving surface of the earth. Even though we don’t “see” the sky itself, we know something about it from our limited experiences of it. So it is with God. If the mind is led by superstition it will be inclined toward some form of depravity. But if it is guided by the Spirit, it will see the truth and know God.
What shall we offer you, O Christ, for your coming among us?Every creature has its own gift: the angels sing, the sky sends a star,simple shepherds stand in awe, and the Magi follow with their presents. We humans provide the virgin Mother, and all creation sings,Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace!