Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 11, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 11, 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 Vanessa
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Please read Mark 15:40-47
'There were also women looking on from afar . . .
who . . . followed Jesus, and ministered to Jesus.'
It is painful to watch someone die. Sometimes it seems
harder than the dying itself. The women who followed
Jesus from Galilee and Jerusalem watched Jesus'
agonizing death. At times during the crucifixion,
it must have seemed impossible to watch any more.
Something inside must have said, 'Enough! I can't
stand it! I can't watch any more!' Yet they stayed.
They watched. And when it was over, they took care to
notice where Jesus' body had been laid. After the
Sabbath they would return and perform one last gift
of love, the anointing of the body for burial.
When faced with dying all around us, we too are afraid.
We try to avoid suffering and death; we want to look
away. We don't know what to do or say. It's hard to
watch someone struggling with pain. We want to be able
to watch someone struggling with pain. We want to be
able to make it stop. Something in us, too, says, 'I
can't stand it. I can't watch any more!' Deathbeds
make us uncomfortable; they remind us of our
It helps to know that God is present even in pain and
death. We can be servants of Christ to the dying,
like the women who watched and served Jesus. When
some of the brutal realities of dying overwhelm us,
even while we say, 'Enough, no more,' we remember
that suffering, death, and burial are not the end,
but the gateway to a promised resurrection. While
we mourn the loss of those we love, we can still
hold fast to the comfort of Christ, pick up, and go on.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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