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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 26, 2002

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    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,
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      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 26, 2002

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      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
      Miles.

      Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.

      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
      closely?

      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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