Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 21, 2008
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Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
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Depend on God.
Mary said, "'God has shown strength with his arm;
and has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their
hearts. God has brought down the powerful from their
thrones, and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the
hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
God has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of
his mercy, according to the promise he made to our
ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for
ever.' And Mary remained with Elizabeth for about
three months and then returned to her home."
We can depend on God. God is enough. God is
generous. God's ways are certainly not our ways,
but God's faithfulness extends from generation to
generation. Mary spoke with timeless wisdom. God
will never leave or forsake us.
Her thoughtful and spiritually mature reflection
helps us remember that God cares, sees, and listens.
God responds and gets personally involved in our
lives. God scatters the arrogant and lifts up the
lowly. God fills the hungry and sends the rich
away empty. God is a God who keeps divine
As Christmas draws closer, remember Mary's words
while shopping for gifts or taking our children
to see Santa Claus. Christmas is so much more
than trees and presents. Christmas is about
God's mighty deeds through Jesus Christ, the
babe in the manger. Christmas invites us to
linger in Bethlehem and be with this remarkable
child, God in a diaper.
Reflect on today's verses and let the Spirit of
God bless your meditations. Listen to the still,
often very quiet voice of God in your heart. As
you do, you will better hear the outside voices
clamoring for your attention. Center on Christ
alone. You will be deeply blessed.
God, thank you for caring for the poor, the
humble, and the hungry. Thank you for being
dependable and just. Thank you for being our
Grace and peace,
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