Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 27, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 27, 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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"Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from
Jerusalem and said, 'Why do your disciples
transgress the tradition of the elders? For
they do not wash their hands when they eat.'
He answered them, 'And why do you transgress
the commandment of God for the sake of your
tradition? For God commanded, "Honor your
father and your mother," and, "He who speaks
evil of father or mother, let him surely die."
But you say, "If any one tells his father or
his mother, What you would have gained from me
is given to God, he need not honor his father."
So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made
void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did
Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: "This people
honors me with their lips, but their heart is far
from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as
doctrines the precepts of men."'"
This story should make us uncomfortable. We all
have cherished traditions that have stood the test
of time, but some traditions can in fact be called
sacred cows. When something is done more for comfort
and out of habit than renewing a fresh connection
with the spirit, that is known as a sacred cow.
All of our cherished traditions certainly are well
intentioned, but sometimes they can actually keep
us from obeying the Spirit of God.
This is the situation we find as we read of these
Pharisees and teachers of the law. They deeply
loved God and earnestly desired to obey every jot
and tittle of their religious law. In their
religious zealousness, they lost touch with basic
human kindness and responsibility towards even
their parents. They honored their tradition more
than God and became hypocrites through their
The prophet Isaiah prophesied about both them and
us. It is easy to honor God with our mouths, but
our hearts are distant from God. We worship in
vain and our teachings are human rules, not God's
Cherished human traditions can both help and hinder
our spiritual lives. When they hinder us, we limit
others and ourselves from experiencing God's mighty
Do we find ourselves in this story? Where? Let us
sit with God and let these words linger in our hearts.
Perhaps we need to let some cherished traditions and
preconceived biases go. Perhaps we need a new look
at God and how our religion affects our spirituality.
"Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburgers," as the
popular saying goes. Perhaps we need a fresh taste
of God today.
God, let our hearts be very close to you as we
reexamine our religious traditions and our roles
in them. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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