June 18, 2022 Devotional

June 18, 2022
Ordinary Time

Invitatory

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God: Come let us adore him.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.  —Revelation 4:8

Hymn

“Wade in the Water”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon all of us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship may give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.† [1]

Be merciful; 

      spare us, Holy Trinity. 

Be merciful; 

      graciously hear us, Holy Trinity. 

From all evil and from all sin, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From pride and an arrogant spirit, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From greed and trust in things that are passing away, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From passions that blind us to what is right and good, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From envy or disdain toward others, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From grasping and mindless consumption, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From anger and cruelty, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

From sloth and despair, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

By the immensity of thy power, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

By the infinity of thy wisdom, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

By the abundance of thy goodness, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

By the depth of thy knowledge and providence, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity. 

By thy unending mercy and overflowing love, 

      deliver us, Holy Trinity.

Amen. [2]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD;* give praise, you servants of the LORD, Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;* sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely. For I know that the LORD is great,* and that our Lord is above all gods. 

  • Psalm 135:1f

Morning Reading

Psalm 42 and 43, Send out your light and truth

As a deer longs for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and behold

the face of God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I went with the throng,

and led them in procession to the house of God,

with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,

a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

at the thunder of your cataracts;

all your waves and your billows

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because the enemy oppresses me?”

As with a deadly wound in my body,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause

against an ungodly people;

from those who are deceitful and unjust

deliver me!

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you cast me off?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy;

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

Reflection

Commentary from the Early Church

Psalm 42:1-2 

The person . . . who has once tasted virtue and has come to understand its nature by his own experience of the good is no longer the kind of person who must be dragged away from his passionate attachment to evil by necessity and warning and compelled to look to virtue. On the contrary, he has an excessive thirst for what is superior. . . . [He] “thirsts” for participation in God more than “the [deer]” longs for “the fountains of water.” And it follows that the person who finds the fountain after this excessive thirst draws in as much water as the abundance of his desire draws off. . . . In whomever the divine fountain has come into existence, it transforms the one who has embraced it to itself and imparts to this person a portion of its own power. 

Gregory of Nyssa, On the Inscriptions of the Psalms 1.5.40–41 [3]

Psalm 42:7 

Any human being, even a holy, good-living person, even one who has made great progress, is a deep place, and such a person calls on another depth when he proclaims to another some part of the faith, some part of the truth, with a view to eternal life. But the deep that preaches is profitable to the deep he calls to if he calls in the sound of God’s cataracts. “Deep calls to deep,” one person wins over another, but not with his own voice only: he calls in “the sound of your cataracts.” 

Augustine, Expositions of the Psalms 42.13 [4]

Psalm 42:11 

When the inner person shows signs for a time of wavering between vice and virtue, say [v. 11]. You must never let suggestions of evil grow on you or a babel of disorder win strength in your breast. Kill the enemy while he is small, and, that you may not have a crop of tares, nip the evil in the bud. 

Jerome, Letter 22.6 [5]

Psalm 43:1 

The desire of the ungodly will be extinguished, but what of the desire of the just? We should certainly be apprehensive about that, if the one who makes the promise were not totally reliable. The goal of our desire is the one who has promised; he will give us himself because he has already given us himself. He will give his immortal self when we are immortal, as he has already given himself to us as mortal in our mortality. 

Augustine, Expositions of the Psalms 43.2 [6]

Psalm 43:3 

The beam that emanates from light does not come after the light. True light never lacks a beam, having it as part of its substance to shine, just as it always has it as part of its substance to exist. But the manifestation of this beam has been called a “sending,” by which Christ appeared to the world. Although he filled all things with his invisible majesty, he came, nevertheless, to those who had not known him, as if from a very remote and deep seclusion. At that time, he took away the blindness of ignorance, as it has been written: “For those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, a light has risen” [Mt 4:16]. Of course the light of truth has been sent out in prior ages to enlighten the holy fathers and prophets, as when David said, “Send out . . . your light and your truth.” Of course the divinity of the Son has made clear the works of his presence “in various ways and by many signs” [Heb 1:1]. Yet all these prefigurations and all these miracles bore testimony about that “sending” of which the apostle speaks: “When the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, made from a woman, made under the Law” [Gl 4:4]. 

Leo the Great, Sermon 25.3.2–4.1 [7]

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Lord, take my heart, for I cannot give it to you. And when you have it, keep it. For I would not take it from you. 

  • François Fénelon

Be my helper. In the name of the holy Trinity. Holy Trinity, you are my true God, you are my holy Father, you are my faithful Lord, you are my great King, you are my just Judge, you are my greatest teacher, you are my ready helper, you are my powerful physician, you are the most excellent of men, you are my living bread, you are my priest forever, you are my leader to the homeland, you are my true light, you are my sweet holiness, you are my perfect patience, you are my pure simplicity, you are my complete unity, you are my peaceful concord, you are my total care, you are my safe harbor, you are my never-ending salvation, you are my great compassion, you are my valiant endurance, you are my spotless offering, you are my completed redemption, you are my future hope, you are my perfect charity, you are my eternal life, to you I pray, and ask that I may walk with you when I rest in you, and when I rise again before you. Hear me, O Lord, who lives and reigns, now and forever. Amen. 

  • Book of Cerne, 9th Century, p. 119-120 Translated for Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church [9]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father and the God who gives every possible encouragement; he supports us in every hardship, so that we are able to come to the support of others, in every hardship of theirs because of the encouragement that we ourselves receive from God. 

  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Midday Reading

Isaiah 59:1-8, Sin creates barriers

59 

See, the Lord’s arm is not too short to save,

    nor his ear too dull to hear.

Rather, your iniquities have been barriers

    between you and your God,

and your sins have hidden his face from you

    so that he does not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood

    and your fingers with iniquity;

your lips have spoken lies;

    your tongue mutters wickedness.

No one brings suit justly;

    no one goes to law honestly;

they rely on empty pleas; they speak lies,

    conceiving mischief and bearing iniquity.

They hatch adders’ eggs

    and weave the spider’s web;

whoever eats their eggs dies,

    and the crushed egg hatches out a viper.

Their webs cannot serve as clothing;

    they cannot cover themselves with what they make.

Their works are works of iniquity,

    and deeds of violence are in their hands.

Their feet run to evil,

    and they rush to shed innocent blood;

their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;

    desolation and destruction are in their highways.

The way of peace they do not know,

    and there is no justice in their ways.

Their roads they have made crooked;

    no one who walks in them knows peace.

Midday Lesson

Confess your sins.

“Sin offends our holy God and separates us from him. Because God is holy, he cannot ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin as though it didn’t matter. Sin cuts people off from him, forming a wall to isolate God from the people he loves. No wonder this long list of wretched sins makes God angry and forces him to look the other way. People who die with their life of sin unforgiven separate themselves eternally from God…. Have you confessed your sin to God, allowing him to remove it? The Lord can save you if you turn to him.” [10]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [11]

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. 

O Christ, hear us. 

O Christ, graciously hear us. 

Blessed Trinity, hear us. 

Unity of perfect charity, 

O Christ, graciously hear us. 

God the Father, creator of heaven and earth, 

have mercy upon us. 

God the Son, redeemer of the world, 

have mercy upon us. 

God the Holy Spirit, sanctifier of the faithful, 

have mercy upon us. 

Holy Trinity, one God, 

have mercy upon us.

Amen. [12]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Let the Name of the LORD be blessed,* from this time forth for evermore. From the rising of the sun to its going down* let the Name of the LORD be praised. 

  • Psalm 113:2-3

Eventide Reading

Matthew 9:27-34, Healing the blind, casting out a demon

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you have faith that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” 31 But they went away and spread the news about him through all of that district.

32 After they had gone away, a demon-possessed man who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees were saying, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.”

Eventide Lesson

A sign that Jesus is the Messiah

“According to Isaiah, the messianic age is signified when ‘the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall hear’ (Is 35:5). These healings (vv. 27-33) are a sign that Jesus is the awaited Messiah, as is the use of the title Son of David by the blind men, which expresses their faith in this truth.” [13]

“To cast out demons by the ruler of demons is impossible (v. 34), for the aim of the devil is to consolidate power, not destroy it. Further, Jesus cleansed lepers, raised the dead, and remitted sins-works demons could not perform.” [14]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

In my little bed I lie:

Heavenly Father, hear my cry;

Lord, keep Thou me through this night.

Bring me safe to morning light. Amen. [15]

Citations:

[1] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 33). New York, NY: Image Books.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 265-266). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Gregory of Nyssa. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2274). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[4] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2274). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[5] Jerome. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2274). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[6] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2275). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[7] Leo the Great. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2275-2276). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[8] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 78). New York, NY: Image Books.

[9] Stratman, P. (2001). Praise to God. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 38). Crossway.

[10] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Isaiah. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6558). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[11] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 100). New York, NY: Image Books.

[12] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 263). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[13] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1315). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[14] Ibid. 14

[15] Christian Childrens Evening Bedtime Prayers, retrieved at: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/childrens-prayers/evening-bedtime/

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