Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 30, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 30, 2006
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.
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"But Peter said to him, 'Explain the parable to us.'
And Jesus said, 'Are you also still without
I love Peter. I love his faith, courage,
impulsiveness, and even his dullness. I can
relate to him in many ways. He is so very human.
As a teacher, I recognize his request for yet
another explanation. Sometimes we ask repetitive
questions even though we know the answers. The
deeper knowledge and truth becomes a mixed blessing.
If we truly learn a new lesson, then we might be
required to change our ways. Change is something
many people often fear, fight, resist, avoid, and
delay. Peter speaks for all seekers who cautiously
explore a fuller understanding of deeper commitment
and the ensuing consequences of following and serving
Knowledge can empower. Knowledge can also threaten
our security. Fuller understanding might cause
change and totally disrupt our comfort zone. We
may need to leave the comfort and security of our
birth and cultural religions in order to follow
Jesus with more alertness. It is easier to remain
spiritually dull with the status quo.
In my kitchen is a dull knife. It is practically
useless. I need to sharpen it so it can be useful.
At the moment, it only takes up space and can barely
slice through soft butter. It is dull from my neglect
and probably from overuse. Our spiritual lives can
also become dull through unconscious neglect and
fatigue resulting from overuse. We can also become
dull through exhaustion, stress, and abusive religious
practices that can stifle God's creative spirit in us.
Jesus wants us to be sharp, that is, alert and
attentive to his teachings. We are to be
intentionally open to God. And guess what? We
might be surprised with God. Our lives could be
transformed. We could find ourselves being used
by God for great things. Are you ready?
Show us where we are spiritually dull, God.
Help us become alert and sharp-witted in our
understanding of your words. Sharpen us. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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