Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 3, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 3, 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 the Rev.
Carolyn 'Dusty' Pruitt.
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Please read Mark 8:11-21
Beware of the Leaven
In today's Scripture, Jesus' disciples are guilty of a
very human failing: they mistake a metaphor having a
spiritual meaning for one having a physical meaning.
When Jesus tells them to beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and of Herod, the disciples turn to one another
in puzzlement, telling each other that they have forgotten
to bring bread, and wondering what Jesus could be talking
Recall that just before this Jesus had been talking to the
Pharisees, who had asked for a sign. Here, he is trying
to tell his disciples that, when it comes to pass that
they recognize him as the Messiah, they should not think
of him in terms of earthly power, but in terms of a higher
realm. The disciples, however, miss the point. They are
able only to think in terms of empty stomachs, even though
Jesus reminds them of the times that he has fed thousands.
In the modern world, too, little effort is made to see the
layers upon layers of spiritual meaning that underlie the
mundane surface of things. Jesus' warning still applies:
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod, the
moving force that shapes one's visions so as to give
primacy to temporal power. For that was the way the
Pharisees and Herod saw Jesus' mission.
Often, we too believe that the way to fulfillment is to
strive for temporal power. We should remember that, even
as Jesus' power derived from rejecting Satan's temptation
and choosing the power of the Spirit, so too must we give
temporal power a secondary priority if we seek to gain the
power that the Spirit can give.
Jesus, help me to see that be surrendering myself to you,
I do not lose, but gain power. Teach me the difference
between spiritual power and temporal power, and let me
seek the spiritual power that comes from you. Amen.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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