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124Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 5, 2002

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    May 7, 2002
      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 5, 2002


      As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
      is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
      daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
      of faith. As always, this meditation starts with a Gospel
      reading and a meditation based on it written by Sarah K.

      Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.

      Please read Luke 9:37-50

      How the disciples must have tried Jesus' patience! They
      wanted to be effective ministers. They seemed generally
      committed and, when pressed, said they longed to be
      instruments of heavenly healing and restoration. At the
      same time, they often operated out of fear, dependency,
      competition, judgment, and pride. As a result, their
      ministries were sometimes impotent.

      How tempting it must have been for Jesus to consider
      walking away and doing a one-man show! Or raising up
      a structure that would permit only the most docile
      devotees! These options must have seemed attractive,
      even efficient, given the little time Jesus knew he had.

      Jesus also knew that God is not a God of isolation and
      autocratic power, but rather a God of partnership,
      covenants, and co-creativity. And so, risking the
      possibility that some might not be healed, that others
      might be offended, and that God's work might be at least
      temporarily diluted, Jesus elected to live out his call
      in the midst of a very human community. Although
      disappointed and frustrated, he continued to instruct
      and encourage his friends, showing faith in their
      leadership potential. As his term on earth drew to a
      close, Jesus steadily and thoughtfully placed his beloved
      earth and all its inhabitants in the hands of amateur

      Consider your own life and ambitions. Where do you
      strive to hold the reins of power and control? When
      do you feel most frustrated? Judgmental? Impotent?
      Competitive? Now reflect on the patience and presence
      of the resurrected Christ. Imagine the two of you
      sharing, friend to friend, over a pot of tea. Believe
      that Christ cares about the details of your story, and
      allow yourself the luxury of absolute honesty. Relax.
      Listen. Receive perfect respect, perfect understanding,
      perfect instruction, perfect love.

      Grace and peace,

      Chi Rho Press

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