Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 18, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 18, 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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Jesus taught, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish
of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore,
sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out
the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The
angels will come out and separate the evil from the
righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Readers may easily skim over selected parts of the
teachings of Jesus when the teachings make us
uncomfortable. Anything with judgment, consequences,
weeping, and the end of time as we know it should
cause us to pause and ask some questions. What
does this mean? Where am I in this story? What
is Jesus saying? Does this mean anything in my
life? Is there something I need to change?
Once again we learn that the kingdom of heaven is
huge, like the largest fishing net the world will
ever know. Every kind of fish will be caught and
eventually be sorted. Good fish will be kept, but
the bad fish will be thrown away at the end of time.
A day of judgment will come. Evil will be thrown
into the fire where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.
Where are we in this parable? Diogenes (412-323 BC),
a Greek philosopher, once said, "We have two ears
and only one tongue in order that we hear more and
speak less." Certainly we can argue this parable's
meaning. Today, let us just hear it.
God, let me just sit with this parable today and
hear it with new understanding. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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