This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let Habakkuk stand with us in this sacred watch,
and show us the brilliant angel.
—He proclaims that salvation has come to the world,
for Christ, the almighty, is risen from the dead.
The Lord God gives the word
to those who bring good news to a large army.
The beloved of the king, the beloved’s forces,
share the spoils for the beauty of the house.
At your turn, perhaps a dove with silver wings,
with the feathers on its back gleaming with burnished gold.
The heavenly One scatters kings before him,
like a snowfall on Zalmon.
The mountain of God is a fertile mountain,
a craggy mountain, a fertile mountain.
Why are you jealous, O craggy mountains?
This is the mountain that God delights to dwell on;
yes, the Lord will live there forever.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 6, cont.
In addition, a soul looking at the crowd of other offenders does not—to begin with—have occasion to become aware of its own sins and to embrace penance for its errors. On the contrary, by a comparison with those who are worse, it acquires a certain self-deception of righteousness. Secondly, because of the disturbances and involvements which life in society naturally engenders, the soul—being drawn away from the more worthy recollection of God—pays the penalty of not finding joy or gladness in God and of not relishing the delights of the Lord or tasting the sweetness of his words so that it cannot say, “I thought of God and was happy” (Ps 76:3, Septuagint); and “How sweet to my palate your promise, sweeter than honey in my mouth” (Ps. 118:103). And worse still, it becomes habituated to a disregard and a complete forgetfulness of God’s judgments, and there can be no greater nor more deadly misfortune than that.
O Christ, you were slaughtered for all of us like a yearling lamb and thus became our blessed crown, our Passover. You shone from your tomb on us as the resplendent Sun of Justice. Amen! Alleluia!