Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 22, 2012
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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"Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there
in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when
the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from
Jesus went to a private and solitary place to grieve
the death of beloved John the Baptist. John had
baptized Jesus at the beginning of his earthly
ministry, referred his disciples to Jesus, and
courageously called people to repentance. John
clearly understood he was not worthy to untie even
the thongs on Jesus' sandals. John was a great
prophet. He was also a friend, cousin, and colleague.
Jesus would miss him. We see a picture of good grief.
Jesus withdrew to a private place to grieve before the
crowds would surround him with their neediness and
demands on his time.
Jesus reveals his vulnerability in his mourning and
offers us a healthy example of self-care. He did not
pretend everything was fine. He sought some privacy.
We need moments of privacy and solitude with our deep
feelings. Sometimes we all need to get away for a
time and sit with our emotions.
The crowds, eager to see and hear Jesus, learn of his
whereabouts and travel on foot from many towns to find
him. How will Jesus respond to them in his raw grief?
Help us find private places to pray for a few minutes
today, God. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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