Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 25, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 25, 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 Virginia
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Please read Luke 13:31-35
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the
prophets! Jesus wept over the city that had killed
the messengers who went before him. He knew that
he, too, had to go up to Jerusalem to stand trial
and be murdered to satisfy those who refused to
hear the message of God's love. He knew that he
would join his brother and sister prophets who
had also called for repentance, justice, and
faithfulness. He was going up to Jerusalem to
He wanted to gather his children together, like
a mother hen who protects and nurtures her brood
of chicks. But the priests and elders of the
nation would not humble themselves and seek God's
redemption. They cared only for their survival
and power. They chose to sacrifice the common
people, the poor, and the radical young prophet
who called the people to healing and love. They
refused to accept his blinding truth.
We always kill the prophets who are sent to us.
We martyr them. Then we saint them. Finally, we
ignore them. Once they are safely dead, they no
longer challenge our comfortable hypocrisy, our
indolent charity. We can settle down once more
to our daily routine and recall their fine words
in celebration of their birthdays.
O Jerusalem, you killed the prophets of ancient
Israel. Together, we crucified the Hebrew prophet,
Jesus. In our day we sacrifice our prophets: Martin
Luther King, Gandhi, Oscar Romero. We cannot hear
the truth. We cannot see their vision of justice,
a vision that would heal our land. We cannot bear
their love, a love that enfolds the wounded and
helpless little ones into their embrace.
O Jesus, when will we learn the lesson of Golgotha?
When will we learn to love? When will we learn to
see your face and hear your voice in the prophets
you send into our lives?
Grace and peace,
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