Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 1, 2007
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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God�s hope for the world
"When Jesus became aware of this, he departed.
Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of
them, and he ordered them not to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through
the prophet Isaiah:
'Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice inthe streets.
He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.'"
Today's readings include the words of the prophet
named Isaiah, who had spoken about Jesus centuries
earlier. Jesus is God's beloved servant and chosen
messenger. God is enormously pleased with Jesus.
Jesus has a mission of bringing justice to the
nations. He is God's hope for the world. Nations
will hope in his name. Jesus came for all people,
from every culture, nation, ethnic background,
sexual orientation, and religious tradition.
After the miraculous healing in the synagogue of
a man with a shriveled hand, the Pharisees met and
began plotting to destroy Jesus. Their response
is in sharp contrast to the compassion of Christ.
As Jesus left for a safer area, the eager crowds
followed him. Even while in danger, Jesus stopped
and cured all of them. As he healed people, he
ordered them to keep quiet about his whereabouts.
Jesus was no fool. He wisely chose to leave harm's
way, in order to minister for another day. It was
not his time to die.
There is something to be learned from his example.
Sometimes confrontation is immediately needed.
At other times, we would be wise to assess the
risks and possible dangers of the situation at
hand. Wisdom, prudence, and common sense may
lead us to hope, and to perhaps wait for justice,
one more complete than is possible for people to
Consider an experiment with God. Ask for new ears
to hear the words of hope and justice that Jesus
offers us. Ask for new eyes to see the wonder of
Christ and for a compassionate heart for those who
suffer. Expect the Spirit of God to bless you.
God, help us pray with new awareness of Jesus in
our lives. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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