Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Jan. 27, 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. This meditation was written by Father Robert
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Read John 7:14-31
Upon college graduation a young man returned to his home
church for a reception. He had majored in drama and was
asked by an old nun, his former speech coach, to display
his skills. She asked him to read her favorite psalm.
Taking the Bible, he read slowly and dramatically, �The
Lord is my shepherd,� in a rich, mellow, and well-trained
voice. The people were spellbound and applauded loudly
and enthusiastically when he finished.
Then he handed the Bible to the nun and asked her to read
the psalm. She took the book, laid it aside, and from
memory began slowly and with deep feeling to recite the
psalm. When she had finished there was dead silence in
the hall and not a few wet eyes. The young graduate
stepped forward and said, �Now you know the difference.
I know the psalm, but she knows the shepherd.�
People were amazed by what Jesus taught and by the way he
spoke. Traditional rabbis quoted their teachers, passing
on learned wisdom. Jesus� education came not from rabbinic
schools, but from a personal and intimate relationship with
Yahweh. He had no credits, no degrees, and no institutional
backing. But his whole life was spent glorifying God, and
from that source he drew a teaching which could not be
challenged or denied. His enemies accused him of being
possessed by an evil spirit. But the spirit that possessed
Jesus was the spirit of truth and integrity, instantly
recognizable by those who seek God with their lives.
Speaking about God is not just for theologians, academics,
seminarians, or preachers. Baptized Christians can and
must speak about God. Those who nourish a deep relationship
with God often speak to us in direct and simple ways that
reveal God to us. Whether as educated as Thomas Merton or
as simple and �unlearned� as a Latin American campesino,
their honesty and truthfulness, if we listen, speak to us
clearly of the one who sent them.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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