Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 11, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 11, 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 reflections start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by Sarah
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Please read Luke 10:25-37
Hoping to soothe his own conscience, a busy,
sophisticated Christian asked his pastor, "Just who
is my neighbor in this fast, complex society?"
The pastor replied, "Last week an elderly woman
walked down a neighborhood street. She was returning
home from the market when she was attacked by a
gang of drug dealers who stripped her of her coat,
snatched her purse and groceries, threw her to the
ground, and ran off, leaving her half dead.
"It was twelve-thirty in the afternoon and the street
was crowded. But no one paid attention to the woman.
Stepping right over her, a seminary student rushed across
the street to catch a bus. 'Can't be late for my exam,'
she reminded God. Likewise, a politician glanced at the
old woman, then crossed the street. 'There might be
cameras around,' he rationalized. 'Besides, I supported
funding for women's shelters in this city; I've done my
"Rose-tinted streetlights replaced the sun's natural
glow, and another workday surrendered to city night
life. Making one last attempt to rise from the frigid
concrete, the new street person fell back and cried
"It was a prostitute who heard the cry, saw the woman
at her feet, and was immediately flooded with compassion.
She quickly wrapped the victim in her own fur coat,
hailed a taxi, and rushed her charge to the nearest
hospital. There she spent the night negotiating on
the patient's behalf, paying cash to a system that did
not care about a stolen medical card.
"So, you think Christian neighborliness is outmoded,
do you?" Receiving no reply, the pastor looked up.
His guest had vanished.
Still, the question remained, leaving the pastor to
ponder his own busy, sophisticated life.
Grant me the courage today, Lord, to slow down and love.
Grace and peace,
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