Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 15, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 15, 2008
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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A difficult teaching
"These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, 'Go
nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of
the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel. And preach as you go,
saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Heal
the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out
demons. You received without paying, give without
pay. Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your
belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics,
nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves
Sometimes Jesus is not easy to understand. If
these specific instructions were to be literally
interpreted for today, I would be excluded. You
see, I am not a Jew. I am a "Gentile." I work
in towns and cities where "Samaritans," that is,
people with mixed-blood through intermarriages,
live. Quite honestly, I do not know many of the
"lost sheep of Israel" that Jesus mentions. I do
not have the power to heal the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, and drive out demons. It also seems
irresponsible, dangerous, and foolhardy to travel
without money or supplies as a twenty-first century
woman living in an increasingly violent society.
Jesus sometimes seems to contradict himself. He
went to the Samaritans early in his ministry career
(John 4). He "went to the other side" where the
Gentiles lived (Matthew 8). He even taught about
personal responsibility and fiscal stewardship
(Matthew 25). At the very end of Matthew's Gospel,
he commands his disciples to teach everything he
taught them locally and globally to all the nations.
What does this passage mean today? The Bible tells
us Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow
(Hebrews 13:8), but does that apply to all his
Perhaps I need this reminder that I have freely
received God's generosity. I am to pass that
spiritual generosity on to others. And yes, a
worker is worth his or her keep. And those groups
who ask for such services need to honor the time,
effort, and labor involved by the workers through
hospitality and honorariums.
God, help me linger with today's teaching and learn
what Jesus truly means. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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