Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 10, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 10, 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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Grief and dismay
"As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to
them, 'The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into
human hands, and they will kill him, and on the
third day he will be raised.' And they were
As difficult as these verses are to read and
contemplate, from time to time we must reflect
on the life, suffering, passion, death, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today's verses
should give us pause as we pursue our daily
routines. So often these verses are glossed
over and read superficially. A closer reading
reveals this is a dramatic story about deep
grief and consternation when the disciples hear
their beloved Jesus speak of his impending doom.
The distraught disciples could not comprehend
the bitter reality that lay ahead for their
cherished friend and spiritual leader. Their
overwhelming sense of anguish blinded them to
the glorious possibility of resurrection.
All who choose to follow this remarkable Jesus
need to realize there can be no Easter joy
without the horror and tragedy of the cross.
There can be no resurrection without Gethsemane.
Every generation of believers must learn these
lessons afresh. We also need to share the
disciples' horror as Jesus speaks of his betrayal
and death so calmly. We must ask the same
questions as these grief-stricken disciples.
Why would anyone in their right mind want to
kill this remarkable healer, teacher, rabbi,
and miracle worker who spoke such astonishing
insights about God? With the disciples, I am
grieved in my spirit. I wish Jesus did not
have to suffer and die. I wish the cross were
not necessary. I dread his awful betrayal,
torture, and death.
But we must not linger in the horror. We must
hear the hope offered by Jesus that his disciples
were unable to hear. Death will not be the end.
Evil will ultimately be defeated. Because Jesus
suffered, he understands our human condition.
He understands betrayal, torture, injustice,
cruelty, and death. As a result, divine love
conquers hate. Good wins over evil. Death
loses its fearful grip on our hearts for the
grave is not able to hold Jesus. We can be
joyful in suffering and courageous in the face
of evil. So take comfort and keep looking up.
Fix your eyes on Jesus. Through him God will
provide us with strength for the day and hope
God, deepen our understanding of why Jesus had
to go to the cross and experience betrayal,
torture, injustice, cruelty, and death. Bless
us with resurrection hope through our thoughts
and prayers today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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