Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 26, 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 Virginia
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Please read Luke 14: 1-11
He came and sat among his enemies on the Sabbath to eat
bread. They would not let him eat in comfort. They had
to confront him. They watched him closely. He was on
public display even on the day of rest. They hoped he
would do something shocking. Purposely, it would seem,
in order to test him, they placed a man suffering from
dropsy directly in front of him. They held their breath
to see what he would do, since he was so intent on his
healing ministry. It was as if they had invited a
physician into a hospital in order to criticize his
commitment to healing.
He refused their demand for conformity to the law of
the Sabbath. He reached out, touched the man, and healed
him. He would not bow to public pressure or censure. He
committed himself to love in action. They could make no
reply. When confronted with such love, confidence, and
integrity, there was no satisfactory answer but silence.
How does one stand firm in the face of hostility, simply
being who one is and acting with integrity, in love, toward
those who suffer? How can one act in confidence and
humility when under attack from the 'morally' aggressive?
How did he maintain his balance while they watched him so
Perhaps it was by always taking the lowest place. He had
no pretensions to power. He sought no place of honor. He
claimed no allies in positions of authority. He walked
with the poor in spirit, the outcast and beggar. His
confidence lay in his refusal to seek the praise of his
contemporaries. Humility was the cloak of his perfection.
Its silence evoked no reply.
Grace and peace,
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