Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 13, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 13, 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 the Rev.
Andy T. Sidden.
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Please read Matthew 9:27-34
The tall thin man propped himself up, leaning his frail
frame against the back of a church pew, and made a
statement that initially sounded strange.
'I'm so happy . . .' Randy said, pausing to gasp for
air and to wipe tears from his darkly circled eyes.
Smiling weakly, he finished, '. . . to be here.'
The words were spoken with too much effort for them
to be doubted. Randy was sincere about his happiness.
A few days earlier it had looked as if this gentle
twenty-six-year-old human being, this child of God,
this new Christian, wouldn't make it to church. He
had been hospitalized, barely able to breathe,
suffering from AIDS-related pneumonia.
But Randy was determined. Like the blind men in
today's passage, he struggled, crying out to God
and refusing to be denied a closer union with Christ.
This Sunday was special for Randy. It was his Sunday
to be officially baptized into the family of God. He
left his hospital bed to be in God's house with his
brothers and sisters in Christ.
Sometimes, it's too easy for us to think of reasons to
stay away from church. After all, God is everywhere.
We needn't track Christ down to be healed. We simply
have to call Christ's name.
Perhaps that's the problem. Perhaps if Christ were a
little more difficult to find we would be less likely
to forget to look for our Saviour. How often we
suffer simply because we fail to call on Christ.
Randy and the blind men knew the value of being close
to God. Mostly surely, God was with Randy in his
hospital room. But he wanted more. He wanted to
feel the healing presence of Christ that comes from
being with other Christians.
And most surely, he did. As he put it, 'I'm so
happy. . . .'
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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