Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 4, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 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
Please get out your Bible and read the Gospel and Dr.
Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Christmas in April
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,
before they came together she was found to be with
child of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 1:18.
Usually we hear this famous story only at Christmas
time. But if you have ever felt pregnant with holy
longings, this great story is relevant any day of
the year. Mary risked everything by agreeing to
this divine impregnation. Her culture could have
demanded the death penalty by stoning for her
perceived illegitimate pregnancy.
Joseph reminds me of many young unmarried men today
who have pregnant girlfriends. This was not his
biological baby, and quite frankly, Mary's explanation
about how the Holy Spirit impregnated her sounded
farfetched and impossible. He wrestled with her
story and almost left her. But he sensed God in
a powerful dream, which told him to stay with Mary
and the remarkable child.
And unknown to Mary and Joseph during the tumultuous
pregnancy, the Magi, often called wise men or three
kings in popular Christmas carols, were traveling
many arduous and dangerous miles to worship this
amazing child. Their holy pilgrimage innocently
contributed to the destruction of many male infants.
In order to protect his throne, King Herod willingly
slaughtered young children, hoping to do away with
the newborn "king of the Jews." Mary and Joseph fled
for their lives with the newborn child to another
country and sought refuge until God again spoke to
them through a dream.
If you have never read the entire Christmas story in
this Gospel (Matthew 1:18 2:15), it is a real thriller.
Mary, Joseph, and the Magi were ordinary people
willing to be used in extraordinary ways for God.
They were holy dreamers and remarkably sensitive to
God. Their faith can be our faith as we search for
what is reliable and trustworthy in the great mystery
of God through our own holy readings and journey.
God, help us be as spiritually sensitive and courageous
as these holy dreamers. Bring us into new faith and
help us find a place in these Gospel stories. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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