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

Devotion for Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Third Day of Christmas

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ is born-
let us glorify him!
Alleluia!

Psalm 47/48:9-15

We saw what we heard of
in the city of the Lord of celestial forces,
in the city of our God,
which he established forever.

As we joined with your people we thought of your mercy, O God.
Just like your name, O God,
your praise reaches the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is full of justice.

Let Mount Zion be glad,
let the outskirts of Judea rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

Come around Zion and embrace it,
count its towers,
open your heart to its power,
inspect it bastions.

Thus you can tell the next generation
that this is our God forever,
yes, forever and ever.
He will be our shepherd forever.

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

This shows the dissonance in the youth’s motives and his emotions. Do you say “teacher” and not follow through as a student? Do you call him “good” and yet decline his offer? After all, anyone good would do good things. Do you ask about eternal life, but are preoccupied with the pleasures of this one? What was so severe, or burdensome or excessive in the Teacher’s lesson for you? “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” If he assigned you the drudgery of a farmer, or the danger of trade, or any of the difficulties that those who do business face, then perhaps you be might be sad at such a disagreeable assignment. But when he promises to make you an heir of eternal life by such an easy path, without pain or exertion, you are not happy with this easy salvation, but go off lamenting in bitterness of soul, abandoning all your previous accomplishments.

A Prayer

O Lord Jesus who found in your servant, John, a genuine affection and a keen insight into the depths of your being, may we similarly grow in our understanding of you and our devotion to you, and may we also carry the Good News of your love for all people wherever we go. Grant that we may truly love one another, for “love is from God.”
Amen!

Note

The West remembers John the Divine today