This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Second Day of Christmas

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ is born-
let us glorify him!
Alleluia!

Psalm 112/113

Praise the Lord, you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord.
May the name of the Lord be blessed,
from now and unto the ages.

From the rising of the sun to its setting
may the name of the Lord be praised.
The Lord is supreme over the nations,
his glory exceeds the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God who dwells on high
and yet looks upon the lowly of heaven and earth,
who lifts the poor from the dirt
and the needy from the rubbish heap
to seat them with the rulers,
the rulers of his people,
who settles a barren woman at home
as the happy mother of children?

A reading adapted from Basil’s, Homily on Matthew 19, 16-22

The youth in this passage is not the same as the lawyer mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. This youth would not have gone away grieving after hearing the Lord’s answer if his questions had been a ruse. His behavior presents a kind of mixed message: in one way the Scriptures presents him as praiseworthy, in another as pitiful and abject. All his good intent is called into question by this, that he dos not focus on what is really good but rather looks to what pleases most of us. After learning the lessons of salvation from the true Teacher, he does not inscribe them in his heart, nor put them into practice, but goes away grieving, darkened by the passion of selfishness.

A Prayer

As you left the womb of your mother yesterday robed in our flesh, today your valiant warrior Stephen sheds his blood and enters Paradise. You do not come to us empty-handed, O Lord, for you bring the gift of a love that is stronger than death. And so you remedy the poverty of our nature by your divinity, and we give you thanks and praise.
Amen!

Note

Today the West remember Stephen, the first martyr; and the East will remember him tomorrow.