Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 5, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 5, 2012
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. Thank you
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What about you?
"Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea
Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say
that the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say
John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others
Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' He said to them,
'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered,
'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'
And Jesus answered him, 'Blessed are you, Simon son
of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this
to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you
are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in
heaven.' Then he sternly ordered the disciples not
to tell anyone that he was the Messiah."
Jesus and his inner circle of disciples have been
together for several years at this point. They lived,
traveled, worked, learned, and socialized together.
Jesus has carefully trained them. It is time for the
Teacher to ask his students a very important question.
Who do people say that he is? They reply with the
names of several famous prophets from their religious
heritage. Then comes a personal question by the One
they love and trust. "But what about you? Who do you
say I am?"
Perhaps this is a good place for us to pause and sit
with the disciples as they remember all they have
experienced with this remarkable Teacher, Friend, and
Healer. We have also experienced some of the miracles,
lingered with famous teachings, and struggled with
parables about the kingdom of heaven.
Impulsive Peter blurts out his conviction that Jesus
is God's Messiah. Jesus blesses Peter for his rock-
like, sturdy faith and promises to use him to build
the foundation of the ecumenical Christian church.
The gates of Hades will not prevail against this
amazing institution dedicated to bringing the reign
of God on earth. Even the very keys of heaven are
given to Peter, who is so clearly destined for
spiritual greatness, anointed with awesome authority
But this spiritual power is not limited to the apostle
Peter. Every believer in Christ, gay or straight, has
a vital role to play in the building and furthering of
the mission of Christ through participating in the life
of the Church. The Greek word for church is ecclesia,
meaning the called out people.
The traditional face of Christianity is slowly but
surely changing as growing numbers of gay, lesbians,
bisexual, and transgendered people are participating
in churches as a called out people, confronting many
churches and societies of institutionalized homophobia
around the world. The spirit of Christ is every bit
as evident in their lives as in that of the apostle
What say you? Who is Jesus? Are you participating in
the life of the ecclesia? If not, why not? Your answer
may change your life forever.
God, bless us with the faith of Peter. Help us live
into our full potential as people called out into the
world through the Church, sharing our hope in Christ
through words and deeds. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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