Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 12, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 12, 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 read the Gospel and Dr. Bochonok's meditation.
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Take off the mask
"'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites!
For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the
outside look beautiful, but inside they are full
of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth.
So you also on the outside look righteous to others,
but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.'"
Our morality needs to be more than skin deep. Jesus
knows our inner make-up. We can try to pass ourselves
off as someone we are not, but God is not fooled.
God knows our hearts (Luke 16:15).
John A. Sanford reminds us that the Pharisees were
perceived as the perfect examples of what God wanted
people to be like (Sanford, John A. "The Kingdom
Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings," p. 73.)
They were the respectable, virtuous people in society.
Now Jesus compares them to tombs of corruption and
cups of filth. They hated him for stripping away
their façade. Jesus had preached this earlier in
his Sermon on the Mount, "If your virtue goes no
deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you
will never get into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew
How are our hearts before God today? Do we need
some serious spiritual heart surgery? Our greatest
delusion, Sanford tells us, "is thinking that we can
avoid the unconscious and solve the moral problems
of life by creating a righteous exterior, or by an
ethic of outer obedience to laws. But this is of no
avail, for God sees into the human heart; ruthlessly
his eye penetrates into the deepest recess of the
With God, nothing can be kept in darkness. God sees
all that is done in secret and understands our motives
better than we understand ourselves.
God, examine and know us. Read our thoughts. Change
our hearts. May our virtue be deeper than that of the
scribes and Pharisees. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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