Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 7, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 7, 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. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by Harold
Joseph Burris and Joseph W. Houle.
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Please read Luke 23:26-31
Jesus had choices on the road to Calvary. He could have
spoken up at his trials and defended himself. He could
have promised to cease his activities and gone back home
to his family and the local carpentry shop. But his
commitment led him on.
On the other hand, Simon of Cyrene had no choice. The
Roman officers seized him as he traveled on his own
private journey, laid the cross on him, and demanded
that he carry it behind Jesus to Calvary. There is no
room for Simon's reaction to his forced servitude, nor
is any description of his future to be found in the
Gospels, even though three of the Gospels record this
event in exact detail.
Simon of Cyrene's crossing of the stage of history in
this way reminds us of all those others whose fate is
sealed through no choice or conscious decision of their
own. Their life journeys from one experience to another
are suddenly interrupted by some circumstance which
compels their immediate involvement and changes the
course of their lives, perhaps even their ultimate
fate. Black women and men, especially, have identified
with Simon in bearing their own unchosen burdens and
oppression. Indeed, Simon continues to live in all
those who bear indignities and trials through no choice
or fault of their own.
Simon of Cyrene and all his brothers and sisters, his
heirs of every generation, of ever race, of every nation,
of every sexual orientation, want to understand the 'why'
of the burdens of their lives. Perhaps some intimate
word or gesture or glance between Jesus and Simon, his
cross-bearer, unknown and unrecorded for history, may
have redeemed this passer-by's burden and endowed it
with meaning. If not, he too waits with the many.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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