Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 10, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 10, 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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Jesus explained the Parable of the Sower this way,
"Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone
hears the word of the kingdom and does not under-
stand it, the evil one comes and snatches away
what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown
on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground,
this is the one who hears the word and immediately
receives it with joy; yet such a person has no
root, but endures only for a while, and when
trouble or persecution arises on account of the
word, that person immediately falls away. As for
what was sown among thorns, this is the one who
hears the word, but the cares of the world and
the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields
When our hearts and ears are open and receptive
to understanding, we will someday harvest spiritual
results in God's way and God's timing. But first
we need to be honest with God about the rocks,
weeds, and thorns in the soil in our hearts.
Where are we in this parable? What is the soil of
our hearts? Do we need God to replant spiritual
seed in our souls? Have we lost our understanding?
Have we fallen away in trouble or persecution?
Have the cares of this world and the lure of wealth
choked our spiritual lives? Every life has a story.
What is our story? Perhaps our hearts need
replanting with the illuminating and inspiring
life giving words.
I learned to better listen to the word of God in
my life when I began to walk the labyrinth, a very
old spiritual tradition. Several months ago, I
made a labyrinth in our yard. They are amazingly
easy to make when you know the basic pattern.
(Please visit the Labyrinth Society Web site at
www.labyrinthsociety.org.) With a stick or broom
handle, it is a simple matter to draw the path in
the earth. After the path was drawn, finding sticks,
stones, and seashells to line the path was even
easier. When in the labyrinth, the single path
leads the walker into the center. It is a wonderful
meditation tool. St. Augustine is quoted as saying,
"Solvitur ambulando," ("It is solved by walking").
This seems to be so in my own life. I have been
noticing that during the summer, weeds seem to
sprout overnight in the labyrinth. The weeds seem
to proliferate in the good soil and I need to
periodically get out in the dirt! Pulling weeds
on my hands and knees is good for the labyrinth
and good for my soul. The weed roots often extend
for great lengths under the topsoil.
So it is with our own souls. We need to carefully
and lovingly weed and cultivate the soil of our
hearts. So get in some spiritual dirt today.
Consider getting on your hands and knees. Dirt
is full of surprises. You may be surprised by
God and surprised by joy as you linger thoughtfully
with this parable. Listen to it again and again,
and let God be your Gardener.
God, sow your good seed in our hearts. Plow the
soil of our souls. Help us listen again and
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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