Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 19, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 19, 2003
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 Fr.
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Please read Mark 4:21-34
A man who had a weak heart inherited a billion dollars.
His family was afraid that the good news would
precipitate a heart attack, so they asked the priest
to tell him the good news. The priest visited the man
and tactfully asked him what he would do if someone
gave him a billion dollars. When the man said he
would give half to the parish, the priest had a heart
Some heart attacks today come from stress caused by
overwork in pushing too hard for material success.
Others are spiritual heart attacks caused by pushing
too hard for the reign of God. It is easy to recognize
material greed. Spiritual greed is more difficult to
discern, but just as dangerous.
Jesus teaches that the reign of God cannot be hurried
or pushed for any purpose, no matter how good. The
reign of God grows slowly in our lives and in our world.
The reign-sower must be patient. All processes of
growth take time. A rich harvest is not possible
without waiting and hoping and trusting.
So the sower goes about living the ordinary day-to-day
business of life. And the seed, slowly but inexorably,
passes through the various stages of growth. Worry,
anxiety, fear will not help the see grow one bit faster.
Once the seed is planted, its growth and fruitfulness
are out of the sower's immediate control. Life continues
through it all.
A handful of wheat, five thousand years old, was found
in an Egyptian tomb. When planted, the grains came to
life. The power of growth is in the seed. When I have
dug and planted and watered and watched, I can patiently
wait until God's power gradually unfolds, perhaps in
lives and events I had not expected. I do not know how
God works. I do know it is God's power, not mine, that
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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