Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 12, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 12, 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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Take off the mask
Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs,
which on the outside look beautiful, but inside
they are full of the bones of the dead and of all
kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look
righteous to others, but inside you are full of
hypocrisy and lawlessness."
Our morality needs to be more than skin deep.
Jesus knows our inner make-up. We can try to
pass ourselves off as someone we are not, but
God is not fooled. God knows our hearts (Luke
John A. Sanford reminds us that the Pharisees were
perceived as the perfect examples of what God wanted
people to be like (Sanford, John A. "The Kingdom
Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings," p.
73). They were the respectable, virtuous people
in society. Now Jesus compares them to tombs of
corruption and cups of filth. They hated him for
stripping away their façade. Jesus had preached
this earlier in his Sermon on the Mount, "If your
virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of
heaven" (Matthew 5:20).
How are our hearts before God today? Do we need
some serious spiritual heart surgery? Our greatest
delusion, Sanford tells us, "is thinking that we
can avoid the unconscious and solve the moral
problems of life by creating a righteous exterior,
or by an ethic of outer obedience to laws. But
this is of no avail, for God sees into the human
heart; ruthlessly his eye penetrates into the
deepest recess of the soul."
With God, nothing can be kept in darkness. God
sees all that is done in secret and understands
our motives better than we understand ourselves.
God, examine and know us. Read our thoughts.
Change our hearts. May our virtue be deeper than
that of the scribes and Pharisees. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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