Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 30, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The 30th was the last Sunday in 2012. Have you gotten
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2012 through November 2013? It is available on the Chi
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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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Spiritual insight and priorities
"When Jesus' parents saw him they were astonished;
and his mother said to him, 'Child, why have you
treated us like this? Look, your father and I have
been searching for you in great anxiety.' He said
to them, 'Why were you searching for me? Did you
not know that I must be in my Father's house?' But
they did not understand what he said to them."
At age twelve, Jesus already had established some
of his spiritual priorities. His love for God's
house was profound. He was already spiritually
mature. As a preteen, Jesus had a tender, intimate,
loving, and trusting name for God that most of his
peers and certainly his parents did not use. His
prayer life was radical. Jesus believed in prayer
and having special places to worship and pray.
Jesus grew up in a religious atmosphere. He enjoyed
regular worship in the local synagogue including
periodic pilgrimages to Jerusalem. He grew up with
a distinct rhythm of daily worship and hours of prayer.
These influenced him as he grew into manhood. From
birth, Jesus was taught the Torah (the first five
books in the Hebrew Testament). As a child, he was
taught to memorize many Old Testament prayers.
Regular worship habits were part of his society and
culture. The memory and oral traditions were engraved
in his heart.
As a Jewish son, his religious education began at birth.
It began in the home before he was introduced to formal
teaching. It was seen and heard, before book learning.
Jewish parents had very high regard for their children.
The relationship with the father and mother is intimate
and tender. The fifth commandment is to honor our
parents. Jesus did that. When his worried parents
found him in the temple, he obediently came home with
The New Testament reminds us that we are positively
influenced by a knowledge of Holy Scripture (2 Timothy
1:5; 3:15). Sacred words are empowering when taken in
context. Consider reading the Bible from cover to cover.
It is a big book and takes some time and discipline.
The Bible is full of wonderful words of life. Like
Jesus, consider visiting a local place of worship.
Find one that welcomes and affirms you as a valued,
precious, child of God. Consider praying a tender,
intimate, loving name for God. Your life will never
again be the same.
Teach your children about God through the Jesus stories,
and they too, will be empowered.
God, help us seek and find you, while learning to love
your houses of worship. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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