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.
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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,
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