Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 12, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 12, 2009
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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"From that time Jesus began to proclaim, 'Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'"
Immediately after Jesus finished his great temptation
experience in the wilderness, he received some bad
news. His cousin, John the Baptist had been put in
prison. John's message was a powerful one which
called both the religious and irreligious to the
repentance of sins, and for changed lives. He was
blunt and spoke his truth boldly. He called crowds
of people to prepare for Jesus, God's called and
special One who would save people from their sins.
John deeply offended many powerful people as he
named their sins. He was jailed for his words and
would later be executed for them. John refused to
compromise his message from God.
I find it interesting that Jesus immediately began
preaching a message of repentance. Repentance has
always been dangerous and unpopular. It takes
courage to look within and be honest with God.
We need to come to God for mercy. God is righteous
and utterly good. Sin is the opposite of God's
goodness, love, and mercy. As we continue reading
the gospels, we will find Jesus is a friend of
sinners. He offers us divine forgiveness. Jesus
traces sin to the human heart and challenges us on
the sins of neglect, good left undone, and our unused
talents; our insensitivities and lack of compassion
towards others, and all the sins against love. Sin
is also anything that will not let us trust God's
goodness, or revere God's name, or love God wholly.
A Prayer of Confession: "Forgive them all, O Lord:
our sins of omission and our sins of commission;
the sins of our youth and the sins of our riper
years; the sins of our souls and the sins of our
bodies; our secret and our more open sins; our sins
of ignorance and surprise, and our more deliberate
and presumptuous sins; the sins we have done to
please others; the sins we know and remember, and
the sins we have forgotten; the sins we have striven
to hide from others and the sins by which we have
made others offend; forgive them, O Lord, forgive
them all." Amen.
(Attributed to John Wesley.)
Grace and peace,
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