164Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 1, 2002
- Dec 3, 2002Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 1, 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. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by R. Adam
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Please read Matthew 20:17-28
Nowhere is the revolutionary nature of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ more apparent than in today's passage.
Jesus reminds us that great people 'lord it over'
others. But, he says, 'It shall not be so among you.'
He then goes on to explain the astonishing reality of
the new order that he brings to us; ' . . . whoever
would be great among you must be your servant, and
whoever would be first among you must be your slave.'
The Greek word in verse twenty-six that is translated
'servant' in the Revised Standard Version and 'minister'
in the King James Version is diaconos, from which the
term 'deacon' is derived. This implies that every
Christian is a deacon or minister called by Christ to
serve others. There is no higher office in the realm
of God; there is no greater title in the Christian
community. We may exalt titles like priest, bishop,
elder, or district coordinator, but the bold and
compelling fact of Christianity is that every follower
of Christ who serves is great in the eyes of God.
Sometimes we yearn for leadership, power, and fancy
titles, as James and John do here; but when we do, we
forget the teaching of Jesus that real power and
leadership in the realm of God is not entrusted to
those who lust for power, but rather to those who
serve others with humility. Authentic leadership
implies responsibility and often carries with it a
great deal of stress and pain.
This revolutionary message flies in the face of all
the world's understanding of leadership and power.
It is a message of gentleness and peace, of service
and love, of sensitivity and self-effacement.
Dear God, I thank you for leading us to a new
understanding of leadership and power. Help me to
live up to Christ's demanding example. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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