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

Devotion for Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Fifth Day of Christmas

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ is born-
let us glorify him!

Psalm 46/47:1-4

All you nations, clap you hands;
cry to God with shouts of great joy,
for the Lord Most High is awesome,
a great King for all the earth.

He has brought the people under us,
subjected nations to us.
He has chosen our inheritance for us,
the beauty of Jacob, which he loved.

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

I hope I can make clear the paradox and that you will understand it because it is absolutely true. When wealth is distributed the way the Lord directed, it returns naturally. But when it is stored, it naturally diminishes. If you try to keep it, you will lose it. If you disperse it, you will have it. Yet it is not simply for food and shelter that most pursue wealth. A demonic ploy suggests innumerable opportunities to spend, so that the wealthy pursue unnecessary and frivolous things as though they were truly necessary and useful, and money is no object.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, born in a stable, keep my heart from becoming attached to the pursuit of wealth beyond what is necessary and what is truly useful. But, more important, make me generous, joyful in helping those in need. At least from time to time let my giving be a true denial of some pleasure or luxury so that I may taste the poverty you embraced so completely, to the point that you had nowhere to lay your head.