Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 9, 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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Be very careful
Jesus said, "Woe to you, blind guides, who say,
'Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing,
but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is
bound by the oath.' You blind fools! For which is
greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the
gold sacred? And you say, 'Whoever swears by the altar
is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that
is on the altar is bound by the oath.' How blind you
are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that
makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by the altar,
swears by it and by everything on it; and whoever swears
by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells
in it; and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne
of God and by the one who is seated upon it."
I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) who said,
"Be very careful what you set your heart upon, for you
will surely have it." Set your heart upon loving and
serving God. Honor your oaths, vows, and promises to
God. Today's verses remind us to be very careful indeed.
Are we serving as blind spiritual guides? Does money blind
us? Or have we blinded others by our own idolization of
money? Have we valued anything more than our vows, oaths,
and promises to God? Have we compromised our spiritual
integrity for personal greed?
Life is a spiritual marathon. A photograph of a blind man
running a marathon with a sighted partner, which I saw in
a running magazine with an advertisement for the Marine
Corps Marathon, deeply influenced me many years ago. The
blind man wore a large sign pinned to his chest that said,
"BLIND." I marveled at his courage and faith in his
running partner to run 26.2 grueling miles. He trusted
his partner's clear vision as well as his faithful and
protective presence. The blind man could not have run
the race with a sightless guide in that jostling crowd
of thousands of fellow marathoners. He needed a sighted
guide to finish the race.
In much the same way, we benefit by having clear sighted
and reliable spiritual guides who offer us their experience
and wisdom. Be selective and seek guides known for their
integrity and trustworthiness. However, even the best
spiritual mentors can disappoint. But Jesus Christ will
never let you down or abandon you when the going gets
tough. Whatever your circumstances, follow his guidance
and you will find sure footing along with growing spiritual
clarity and perception. You might be astonished at how God
might bring seekers and believers into your life, seeking
your experiences in the spiritual life, drawn to you
because Christ is your guide in life.
God, give us eyes to see this warning. Give us spiritual
insight to respond to it. Help us heed the words of Christ
today and be wise spiritual guides. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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