Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 14, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 14, 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 Mark 1:1-13
Like a great landscape painter, Mark with broad strokes
introduces us to the good news of Jesus Christ. Setting
the scene squarely in Judaic prophetic history, he first
brings John into focus, highlighting his ministry of
calling attention to the coming Messiah. Then in a few
compact sentences he tells of the baptism of Jesus, the
descent of the Spirit on Jesus, and the temptation in the
wilderness. Mark expects his readers to recognize, in
this brief account of the earliest events of Jesus'
public life, that Jesus is the fulfillment of the
prophecies of the Jewish Scriptures.
The Gospel's challenge to us as it announces the coming
of Christ into our world is equally brief and succinct:
'Prepare the way of the Lord.' There is no room here
for lengthy discourse or second thoughts. When Christ
appears on the horizon, some response is required of us.
The politician in us will try to evade the issue to no
avail. The religious authority in us will resist the
changing of the status quo. The child in us will seek
to draw near to Christ. The leper in us will cry out
for Christ's mercy. The intellectual in us will meet
Christ by night to ask for instruction. No part of
us will escape Christ's powerful presence.
How then shall I prepare to encounter Christ appearing
on the horizon of my life today? I will go out into
the wilderness for a time, to the edge of my life, away
from the frenzy of my daily routine, and there I will
listen for the voice announcing Christ's arrival. I
will confess my sins and immerse myself in the waters
of God's mercy, which cleanse and purify my soul. I
will simplify the paths of my inner life so that Christ
may enter easily and find the way to my heart open and
clear. In this way there shall be a new 'beginning of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ' in my life today.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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