Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 24, 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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Doubt, faith, and encouragement
"Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve
disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim
his message in their cities. When John heard in prison
what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples
and said to him, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are
we to wait for another?' Jesus answered them, 'Go and
tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their
sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf
hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news
brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no
offence at me.'"
We see today an honest picture of doubt by a real
spiritual giant. John the Baptist was a great prophet
and messenger of Jesus Christ. He was a man of great
faith. Because of his prophetic messages, he was
imprisoned. We find him languishing in prison. Even
the strongest can experience doubt through isolation
and loneliness. John has a very human response to his
situation. He sends his loyal followers to find Jesus
and ask a question that demonstrates his vulnerability
and inner doubt. Is Jesus God's Sent One? Or should
they wait for someone else?
Jesus offers a sensitive and encouraging reply to their
earnest questions. Rather than chastise John's doubt,
he sends them back with a blessing for the imprisoned
prophet. John is given freedom to doubt and ask very
honest questions through his painful ordeal. We have
much to learn from this story.
God, give us the honesty of John the Baptist. Bless
our doubts, increase our faith, and encourage us when
we are languishing in isolation. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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