Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 14, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 14, 2010
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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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Get back to the basics
"Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming
near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the
scribes were grumbling and saying, 'This fellow
welcomes sinners and eats with them.'"
The Christian life can become quite a complicated
dance with our religious zeal, dogmas, rules, and
denominational standards of conduct and worship.
Most people simply need the basics that Jesus
shares in the Gospels. He is the friend of sinners.
While ancient Jewish religious authorities muttered
and criticized him for spending time with sinners,
there are contemporary parallels with these verses
for Christians today.
We need to get back to the basics. We need to sit
with sinners and learn to identify as one. We need
to not be condescending friends and genuinely care
for those the formal church views as outcast and
less important. So let us sit with Jesus and review
the basics through the next three reflections. Every
word of scripture breathes God's love and compassion
for human beings of all kinds. God is a missionary
in search of the lost. God is the tender searcher
who refuses to stop looking for us.
Dear God, I am a sinner. I wish to sit with Jesus
and relearn the basics of your loving message. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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