Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 17, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 17, 2004
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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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Fear and faith
"Now when the centurion and those with him, who were
keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what
took place, they were terrified and said, 'Truly this
man was God's Son!'"
This single verse offers us great insight for today's
reflection on fear and faith. The military personnel
responsible for carrying out the order to execute
Jesus were absolutely terrified at all these
earthshaking events. They had watched Jesus die.
They had heard his gracious words of forgiveness as
he prayed for those who nailed him to the cross.
They had listened to Jesus struggle for breath as
the public hurled verbal abuse and insults at him.
As the earth shook and other strange, unexplainable,
and miraculous events occurred, the soldiers
unanimously exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
(NIV). Their statement of faith is timeless and can
be ours. Their eyewitness account can be part of our
spiritual journey and understanding of this remarkable
Their fearful experience can actually encourage our
faith today. We can affirm their statement of faith
but without the fear. "Perfect love casts out fear"
(1 John 4:18 NRSV). Our call is to love God with
every fiber of our being, along with our neighbors
and ourselves. We can pray fearlessly and with
confidence as God's beloved people. Seekers of
all sexual orientations are invited to approach
God without fear.
Years ago, a friend e-mailed me this saying from St.
Augustine, which has offered me great spiritual insight
and which I offer to you, "To fall in love with God is
the greatest of all romances; to seek [God], the
greatest adventure; to find [God], the greatest human
Jesus Christ, you are God's Beloved! Help me experience
the greatest of all romances. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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