Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 15, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 15, 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 Nancy
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Please read Luke 19:28-40
Some people want a savior dressed in robes of purple,
gold shoes on his feet, and a jewel-studded crown upon
his head. They want to bow in homage to one who truly
looks the part, to one who looks as if he deserves their
respect and homage.
What would people think of me if I were seen worshiping
one who looked like someone who lived in the streets?
Would my friends some to church if the head of the
church did not appear in business suit and tie, or in
splendid clergy robes, but in the dress of the poor?
Could salvation really have come through someone who
looks like that?
But his followers, his disciples, never questioned
Jesus' attire. When he asked for an unbroken colt,
they did not insist on a carriage and fine horses.
They spread not a red carpet but branches and their
own coats before him as he role into Jerusalem.
God's gift to the world came and went in humble
surroundings. The wealth of Jesus' life radiated
through the love he brought to humanity and, indeed,
to all of creation. And yet to this very day we who
follow in Christ's footsteps have insisted on cloaking
Christ in scarlet, worshiping Christ with golden
altarware, housing Christ behind stained glass windows,
protecting Christ from the street rabble who would
tarnish Christ's image and ours.
Who is the Christ in my life? Would I recognize
Christ if Christ walked down my street? Would I be
seen in public with Christ? Would Christ be seen in
public in the surroundings I ascribe to Christ?
Perhaps today there is something Jesus would have me
change in my image of Christ. Perhaps there is
something Christ would have me change in my image of
myself as one of the disciples.
Grace and peace,
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