Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 4, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok. Since Adam will be in Puerto Rico
from July 3 though July 12 we wanted to send the next
two Sunday's Reflections now. God bless you!
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Our words and deeds
[Jesus said] "'Either make the tree good, and its fruit
good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the
tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How
can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out
of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The
good person brings good things out of a good treasure,
and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil
treasure. I tell you, on the day of judgment you will
have to give an account for every careless word you
utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by
your words you will be condemned.'"
I marvel at the bluntness of Jesus. He calls his
religious critics vipers or evil snakes directly to
their face. Perhaps this is why so many are not
neutral about him. I respect his directness. It
is such a contrast to his enemies who met secretly
while scheming against him. But there is more to
this admonition addressed to the religious authorities
of his day. There is something for us across the
Our mouths speak from the abundance of our hearts.
Good begets good. Evil begets evil. Our words are
powerful. They can heal or harm. Even the most
careless words can have long lasting effects. Once
spoken, they cannot be taken back. And even when
words are overheard by accident, they transform lives.
A future day of judgment comes for all of us. Every
careless word will be revisited. Our words will come
back to us. They will haunt some and edify others.
Be careful of what you speak. Silence can be golden.
Let your words be seasoned with wisdom, prudence, love,
and truth. Rash words cause deep regret.
From time to time, people come to me for spiritual
direction. The temptation to speak personal words
of advice is sometimes overwhelming. My sincere
words could actually hinder someone's spiritual
journey towards healing. Sometimes it is better
for me to speak less and listen more closely.
But it is also important to have our words reflected
back at us. They mirror our hearts and speak volumes
of our spiritual condition. Words of slander, malice,
and abusive language reflect and reveal our true heart
The rich words of Christ can help transform the spoken
and unspoken words in our hearts. Let Christ?s words
fill the inner chapel of your hearts.
God, help us choose our words carefully today and think
twice before we speak. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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