Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 3, 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 Joseph
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Please read Matthew 13:24-30
The servants replied to the householder, 'Then do you
want us to go and gather [the weeds?]' But the
householder said, 'No. . . . '
'Jesus, I love the church, but there's just one
'And what is that problem?'
Without hesitation I reply, 'Some people in the church
are unbearable! They bicker, criticize, judge, and
gossip. They inject negative energy wherever they get
involved. Jesus, if the church were a wheat field,
these people would be weeds!'
Jesus responds tersely, 'Nice analogy, moreover, you're
right. This is a problem in the church.'
'Well then,' I add impatiently, 'why do we put up with
these people? Let's get rid of them! After all, a
cardinal rule of agriculture is to stay ahead of the
'No; let them stay,' Jesus says calmly. 'It is not up
to you to pull out the weeds. That is my prerogative.'
'If that's the case, Jesus,' I answer impulsively,
'you're going to have a very messy reign on this earth!'
'You're quite right; the church will always be a mixed
bag, but its task is not therefore to engage in purges
and inquisitions,' Jesus' eyes grow bright with
intensity as he continues: 'We must not reject the
unlovely and the unlovable, but rather let us love
them to wholeness. For it is not God's will that one
single soul should be lost to evil.'
A strange peace settles on me at these words, as if
somehow what Christ is suggesting I do for others has
just been done for me. In one sense nothing has
changed, judgmental people, gossips, and nit-pickers
will always be in the church. Yet in another sense
everything has changed, for thanks to this conversation
with Jesus, I am learning not to be one of the them.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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