This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, August 15, 2022
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Martha, Mary & Lazarus are remembered in the West today.
An Invitation to Prayer
The Lord says, “I will hear you at the right time; and I will come to your aid on the day appointed.” —Rejoice, you heavens, and let the earth be glad,
because God will have mercy on his people.
Come, let us embrace the comfort of the Lord! (Isaiah 49:8a&13)
Then the Lord awoke as though from sleep, as powerful as someone tempered with wine, and struck his enemies from the rear
and put them to everlasting shame.
He rejected the abode of Joseph
and would not accept the tribe of Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Judah
and Mount Zion that he loved.
He built his sanctuary as a shofar, and established it forever on earth. He chose David his servant,
and took him from the sheepfolds, from following the lambing ewes, to shepherd Jacob his servant
and Israel his inheritance.
And he pastored them with an innocent heart,
and guided them with a skillful hand.
From Saint Basil’s Homily Against Anger.
A nasty individual confronting someone who is not provoked by insults gets no relief for his obsession. On the contrary, as I have said, he is stabbed in the heart. Now, in situations like these, what might each of you be called? He is abusive, but you are magnanimous. He has a hair-trigger temper and hard to bear, but you are patient and gentle. He will change his mind about the things he said, but you will never regret your virtue.
O Jesus, who referred to Lazarus as your friend, and who identified his sister, Mary, as someone who has chosen something better in sitting at your feet, may I come to enjoy your friendship by listening to your Holy Word and then, like Martha, set about putting that Word into action and prove myself your friend. Amen!