Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 26, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 26, 2011
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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Confidence before God
"Then Jesus began to reproach the cities in which
most of his deeds of power had been done, because
they did not repent. 'Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe
to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done
in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But
I tell you, on the day of judgement it will be more
tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you,
Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you
will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of
power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would
have remained until this day. But I tell you that
on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom than for you.'"
Jesus had performed numerous miracles. Today we
find him strongly denouncing specific cities where
many had not repented after seeing his miracles or
hearing his message. Some cities are Jewish and
others are Gentile. Then Jesus speaks of Sodom on
the Day of Judgment and addresses his unrepentant
listeners with a strongly worded admonition. For
those unfamiliar with the Sodom and Gomorrah story
(Genesis 19), it represents God's holy judgment
towards rebellious humanity. It is worth noting
that "woe" can also be translated as "doom."
We are the people of Korazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum,
Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom. Just change the names of
these cities to our local regions: Moscow, London,
New York City, Jerusalem, Rome, Tokyo, Sydney, and
Through reading Matthew's Gospel, we have also heard
the Jesus message of repentance and many miracles.
Do we believe in the Miracle Worker? If so, we can
have confidence before God.
Our timeless human condition calls us to inner
repentance from sin, while turning towards God for
restoration and renewal. Jesus is our bridge to
God. We are called to life-sustaining belief in
this Miraculous One. All of us have missed the
mark in life. All of us need periodic moments of
repentance and inner transformation. Through
personal faith in Jesus, we can face the Day of
Judgment without fear. Jesus can help us experience
confidence before God.
God, hear our prayers. Help our unbelief. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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