Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 26, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 26, 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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Rejoice and be glad
Jesus said, "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
is great in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Jesus taught many things about heavenly rewards.
Our suffering is never wasted. God sees and cares.
God will honor our pain in the hereafter. I do
not pretend to understand it, but heavenly reward
is a promise from the Teacher. We are not blessed
for doing evil. We are blessed and rewarded by
God when we suffer for doing the Beatitudes. God
is compassionate and concerned. We will be given
what we need in our hour of need. We stand in a
great spiritual tradition of others that have gone
before us and suffered for doing right.
The Bible includes many examples of persecuted
prophets. Some are described in Hebrews 11.
Over the centuries, some were tortured, mocked,
flogged, chained, and jailed. Others were stoned
to death, sawn in two, and suffered death through
other violent and malicious deeds. We are told
the world was not worthy of them.
Divine justice is not easy to understand.
Following Jesus (discipleship) through living
the Beatitudes can bring us joy through suffering.
Rejoice and be glad. Another New Testament writer
puts it this way, "Be always joyful, pray
continually, give thanks whatever happens" (1
God, I do not pretend to fully understand your
ways. Help me to understand both the joy and
the suffering in my life. Help me rejoice and
Grace and peace,
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