Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 13, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 13, 2010
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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A critical shortage of workers
"Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the
good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease
and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had
compassion for them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he
said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful,
but the labourers are few.'"
Believe it or not, Jesus is asking for our
compassionate prayers. We are to pray for workers
willing to share God's loving message with others.
The apostle Paul makes a similar profound
observation in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. God is
looking for people who are often considered
inconsequential by the standards of our societies.
God often chooses the foolish, the weak, the lowly,
and the despised to bring the liberating and
inclusive good news from Jesus Christ into our
world. God delights in using ordinary people
in extraordinary ways. The bottom line is that
we be humble and available to God's call in our
lives. And we are to pray for many workers.
I preached this message of outreach and mission at
an evangelical church many years ago as their guest
preacher. After the worship service, an angry and
indignant woman rushed up to me with her husband
reluctantly following behind her. "How dare you,"
she wagged her finger in my face. "How dare you
preach this to us? Just who do you think you are?
You are nothing, nobody." Her embarrassed husband
later apologized to me for her rude behavior,
puzzled at his wife's tirade against me. Later
I would discover she had been under a counselor's
care. Even so, her words gave me pause for
reflection. Yes, she was correct. I fall into
the category specified by the apostle Paul. By
the world's standards, I am weak, lowly, sometimes
despised, and actually quite ordinary. But I am
willing to be used by God in extraordinary ways.
The harvest is great. The need is enormous. Who
will go? Who will share Jesus with others? Crowds
of searching people seek spiritual truth. How will
they hear if we do not speak? Faith comes by hearing.
We are called to be messengers of God's peace through
Jesus Christ. We are to tell our stories of faith
and pray for others to share their faith stories.
For several years I worshipped in a large Christian
church of primarily gay and lesbian members known
as the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington,
D.C. (MCC-DC). In the sanctuary was a rainbow chair,
which was always left empty. The chair was a silent
reminder that many people around the world had not
yet heard of God's compassionate loving message
through Jesus Christ. People are searching in
every town, village, and city. They have not yet
met Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd of our souls.
How dare we be silent? How dare we keep the good
news of God to ourselves and not share with others
who hunger for spiritual food and drink? How dare
we turn our backs and silence our voices? We are
often our own people's best missionaries, for we
hear the cry of their hearts. How dare we not pray
for them to experience God's peace, through Christ?
Just who does Jesus think he is, asking us to pray
God, open our eyes to see your searching people.
Help us compassionately share Jesus, the Good
Shepherd, with others. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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