Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 29, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 29, 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 R. Adam
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Please read John 2:1-11
Jesus' first miracle, at the wedding in Cana, sets the
tone for his entire ministry and sums up what is to come
in the Gospels.
Jesus understands and empathizes with our troubles, just
as he understood the embarrassment of his host when the
wine started to run out. Without great fanfare, he
simply supplies what we need, enriching us in the
process (the steward thought the host had saved the
best for last, when in fact it was Jesus who provided
the best). Imagine the relief the host felt after
Jesus provided the wine; that is the kind of relief
that Jesus always gives us.
Jesus was the kind of person who was able to enjoy
himself and others at community celebrations. He had
been invited to this party, he fit in, he wasn't out of
his element, and he didn't make others feel uncomfortable.
In other words, Jesus and his followers were not dour
religious figures, frowning censoriously, but were able
to enjoy life and share in the happiness of others.
Jesus allowed the servants to be co-workers with him.
To this day Christ does not keep the healing, helping,
and saving of the world in Christ's own hands, but
offers a share in ministry to all who will join in.
Like Mary, we can be confident that Jesus will be
thoughtful, dependable, and helpful. She knows, as we
do, that whatever the need, Jesus can do something to
Sovereign Jesus, Gracious Guest, be ever present at
our celebrations, join our parties, be with us in our
joy, for you provide all we need. Amen.
Amen. And we at Chi Rho Press wish you a very happy
New Year and pray that 2003 will be filled with every
good thing for you all.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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