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

Devotion for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

The angel showed me a river of life-giving water
which issued from the throne of God and the Lamb.
—On both sides of this river grew the trees of life
which produced fruit each and every month in the year. [Revel. 22:1-2]

Psalm 9:1-10

I will acknowledge you with my whole heart, O Lord,
and tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing to your name, O Most High.

When my enemies are rebuffed and turn back,
they will grow weak and perish at your presence
because you maintained my right and my cause,
sitting on your throne judging justly.

You rebuked the nations, and the scoffer perished;
you have blotted out their names forever—
forever and ever.
The swords of the foe failed completely,
and you destroyed (their) cities.
Their memory was wiped out with a crash,
and the Lord remains forever.

He has set his throne to judge.
He will judge the world justly,
and judge the peoples fairly.
The Lord will be a refuge for the poor.
He will be an opportune help in affliction.
Let those who know your name hope in you.
for you did not fail those who sought you, O Lord.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 29

About those who carry out their functions in an arrogant
or critical way.

The work of an individual who is always criticizing or boasting certainly cannot be yoked with that of someone humble of heart and modest. The first has no value for the pious because, as Jesus said, “You think highly of yourselves before people, but God knows your hearts, for what is admirable to people is disgusting to God.” [Luke 16:15] Paul says, don’t complain (I Cor 10:10), and “Let each one do just as he promised in his heart, not grudgingly or having to be coerced.” [II Cor 9:7] The work of these people should no more be accepted than a blemished sacrifice, and to include it with the work of the others is sacrilege. And so it is essential that the work of the lazy and the carping should be rejected by the group. The superiors should keep close watch on this element in the community, mindful of what the Lord said, “The one who wants to walk the path to perfection should serve me; and no one who indulges in arrogance shall live in my house.” [Ps. 100:6-7] And the subject should not hesitate to do what is asked of him, no matter how difficult, convinced that his reward in heaven will be great. Let the hope of glory energize him to cooperate, so that the world of the Lord may be accomplished with joy and patient endurance.

A Prayer

Father all merciful, in your love you have brought us through these days of the Easter season, giving us an opportunity to grow in the Spirit, and to reach a deeper understanding of your Christ, who he is and what he taught. Even if we have not used this opportunity as much as we should have, give us a spirit of renewed and enhanced zeal and perseverance to continue the march toward the heavenly kingdom. Amen.