Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 15, 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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"Then Jesus left the crowds and went into the house.
And his disciples approached him, saying, 'Explain
to us the parable of the weeds of the field.' He
answered, 'The one who sows the good seed is the
Son of Humanity; the field is the world, and the
good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds
are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who
sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of
the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the
weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will
it be at the end of the age. The Son of Humanity
will send his angels, and they will collect out of
his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and
they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where
there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then
the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom
of their Creator. Let anyone with ears listen!'"
The gospel has always comforted the afflicted and
afflicted the comfortable. The parable is about
choices and consequences. Some readers will be
highly offended. Others will be challenged. Few
of us will be indifferent or neutral. You might
disagree with my understanding. Consider writing
your responses to this parable and the explanation
in your journal as part of your prayer today.
Jesus is the one sowing the good seed of God in the
world. The good seeds are the people who follow
Jesus. The weeds are people from the evil one.
And that enemy has a name. The devil. In other
places in the Bible, the devil is called the father
of lies, an imposter, the tempter, and accuser.
Someday the world as we know it will come to an end.
Angels will harvest all the good seed sown in the
world. The weeds will be pulled up and burned.
All that causes sin and does evil will be thrown
into the fiery furnace where weeping and gnashing
of teeth will be heard forever. Good will triumph
eternally over evil in the kingdom of our heavenly
Parent. Hear the word of Christ. Listen.
Who does Jesus think he is to say such things?
Perhaps the more important question is, who do
we think he is to say such things? Our answers
to these questions might teach us something about
our lives. Where are we in the parable? What are
we going to do about it?
God, what do I believe about Jesus? Where am I in
this parable? Amen.
Grace and peace,
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