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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 7, 2002

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    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,
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      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 7, 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. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
      and a meditation based on it written this week by Harold
      Joseph Burris and Joseph W. Houle.

      Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.

      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.

      Amen.

      Grace and peace,

      Chi Rho Press

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