Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 4, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 4, 2010
We wish you a blessed Easter!
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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Christmas in April
"Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in
this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged
to Joseph, but before they lived together, she
was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit."
Usually we hear this famous story only at Christmas
time. But if you have ever felt pregnant with holy
longings, this great story is relevant any day of
the year. Mary risked everything by agreeing to
this divine impregnation. Her culture could have
demanded the death penalty by stoning for her
perceived illegitimate pregnancy.
Joseph reminds me of many young unmarried men
today who have pregnant girlfriends. This was
not his biological baby, and quite frankly, Mary's
explanation about how the Holy Spirit impregnated
her sounded farfetched and impossible. He wrestled
with her story and almost left her. But he sensed
God in a powerful dream, which told him to stay
with Mary and the remarkable child.
And unknown to Mary and Joseph during the tumultuous
pregnancy, the Magi, often called wise men or three
kings in popular Christmas carols, were traveling
many arduous and dangerous miles to worship this
amazing child. Their holy pilgrimage innocently
contributed to the destruction of many male infants.
In order to protect his throne, King Herod willingly
slaughtered young children, hoping to do away with
the newborn "king of the Jews." Mary and Joseph
fled for their lives with the newborn child to
another country and sought refuge until God again
spoke to them through a dream.
If you have never read the entire Christmas story
in this Gospel (Matthew 1:18 2:15), it is a real
thriller. Mary, Joseph, and the Magi were ordinary
people willing to be used in extraordinary ways for
God. They were holy dreamers and remarkably sensitive
to God. Their faith can be our faith as we search for
what is reliable and trustworthy in the great mystery
of God through our own holy readings and journey.
God, help us be as spiritually sensitive and courageous
as these holy dreamers. Bring us into new faith and
help us find a place in these Gospel stories. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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