Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 7, 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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"While Pilate was sitting on the judgement seat, his
wife sent word to him, 'Have nothing to do with that
innocent man [Jesus], for today I have suffered a
great deal because of a dream about him.'"
The Bible is full of holy dreamers. They have
sometimes changed the course of world history. God
can and does speak to people through holy dreams even
today. Dreams are sometimes difficult to interpret
and may even wake us up as nightmares. Such was the
case with the wife of Pilate. Somehow, God gave her
a dream so troubling that she sent her husband an
emergency message as he wavered indecisively, waiting
for the fickle crowd to choose between Barabbas and
We do not know many things about Pilate's wife. We
do not know her name or background or any details about
her marriage to Pilate. Perhaps Pilate habitually came
home from the office and discussed his business affairs
with her, seeking her opinion on controversial issues.
She may have been a trusted sounding board to him. It
could even be that she had followed with keen interest
the ministry of Jesus from afar.
We do know that she had a terrible nightmare about Jesus
and her husband. Without hesitation, she reached out to
her husband with all the influence and power she had at
her disposal. She begged her spouse for the life of
Jesus. She knew he was innocent and in great danger,
for her husband was a weak and ineffectual leader. Her
courage in speaking out in the face of hate and public
opinion is commendable. She could not let an innocent
man be given the death penalty. Even if it came at the
cost of her marriage, she would not be silenced.
I am sure her husband hesitated on the judgment seat.
Perhaps he dismissed her message or was annoyed with
her interference. On the other hand, he may have
regretted his earlier decision to let the crowd make
a life and death decision about Jesus. But how could
he take control of this situation that was so rapidly
getting out of hand?
Pilate's wife offers us a profile in courage and
spiritual discernment. Through her example, honor
your dreams. Do not brush them aside. Be open and
attentive to what God might be saying to you. It is
helpful to write down our dreams so we do not forget
them. Talk about them to trusted friends, pastors,
chaplains, spiritual directors, counselors, and
therapists. Who knows, God might speak to you too
through a powerful dream.
God, help me be sensitive to holy dreams. If you chose
to speak to me through dreams, bless me with insight and
understanding, as well as the courage to act on what I
recognize as your divine leading. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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