This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, July 4, 2022
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You have seduced me, O Lord,
and I have allowed myself to give in. —You have overpowered me
for you are stronger than I. (Jer.20:7)
The law of the Lord is perfect, guiding souls;
the testimony of the Lord is dependable, teaching children. The statutes of the Lord are accurate, gladdening the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear, putting light in the eye.
Resect for the Lord is pure, enduing forever and ever, the verdicts of the Lord are accurate, and all of them just, to be desired more than gold and many precious stones, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
So your servant safeguards them—
there is great reward in keeping them.
Who realizes his transgressions? Absolve me from my hidden ones, and spare your servant from others. If they do not get to dominate me
I will be innocent and free of grave sin.
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart always be pleasing to you, O Lord, my helper and redeemer.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #42 cont.
No one should think that St. Paul contradicts what we say when he states, “by working quietly they should eat their own bread.” (II Thes. 3:12) This is intended for the unruly and the lazy, and it means it is better that each person at least look after himself rather than be a burden to others by living in idleness. “For we have heard that certain of you are unruly, doing nothing but hanging around. We charge those individuals and exhort them in the Lord Jesus Christ that, working quietly, they should eat their own bread.” On that same point Paul says, “We worked day and night so as not be a burden to any of you.” Out of fraternal charity, Paul took on the burden of work in addition to the labor imposed on him of keeping order over the unruly. But more so, the person eagerly striving for perfection should work day and night “to have something to give to a person in need.” (Cf. Eph.4:28)
Heavenly Father, keep me from spiritual laziness by the power of the Holy Spirit, lest I become someone who is only a “name on paper,” one who only “hangs around” the community in which I have vowed to serve, providing little to the treasury of good works. May your Spirit direct me to additional ways of serving in the circumstances of my daily life so that in the end I may hear those blessed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Amen.