Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 4, 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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The greatest commandment
"When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced
the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of
them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
'Teacher, which commandment in the law is the
greatest?' Jesus said to him, '"You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, and with
all your soul, and with all your mind." This is
the greatest and first commandment. And a second
is like it: "You shall love your neighbour as
yourself." On these two commandments hang all
the law and the prophets.'"
Love is the greatest commandment in biblical law.
With just four concise sentences, Jesus sums up the
entire Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) for us.
Love God with every fiber, breath, and cell of our
being. Then love our neighbors as ourselves. Love
ourselves as we love our neighbors. A teaching for
all cultures, this Great Commandment, speaks to every
generation, every nation, and every sexual orientation.
We all fall short and miss the mark in loving God,
our neighbor, and ourselves. Today many mainline
Christian denominations often practice intolerance
and discrimination, causing great pain and suffering
for sexual minorities. Christian churches that do
not recognize same-sex love are not practicing the
Golden Rule as taught by Jesus. Some Christian
ministries explain their prejudice against same-
sex love by saying they "hate the sin and love the
sinner," but often they reject, refuse, and prohibit
sexual minority people's basic human courtesies and
Sometimes these Christian ministries go further
than withholding blessings, they distort this basic
teaching of Christ to justify fund-raising for
themselves and political candidates that continue
these policies of oppression of LGBT people, policies
that often contribute to a lack of job security and
health insurance for LGBT people, as well as acts
of physical violence against them. Tragically,
these non-welcoming Christian churches can cause
profound spiritual injuries to many seekers who have
been demonized and denigrated by these houses of worship.
I am often considered "too controversial" to lead
centering and contemplative prayer groups at those
non-affirming churches. Does this surprise you?
When will we learn to live and practice our highest
calling? When will we finally obey Jesus and live
this commandment to love?
More love, O God, to You, our neighbors, and ourselves.
Grace and peace,
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