Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 13, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 13, 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 Harold
Joseph Burris and Joseph W. Houle.
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Please read Luke 24:36-53
Luke's report in today's Gospel passage is not just one
more retelling of the resurrection story, for he recounts
here the commissioning of the disciples, "You are
witnesses of these things." They are to preach repentance
and the forgiveness of sins "to all nations, beginning
from Jerusalem." Such early universality immediately
established a world stage for the spread of the Gospel.
Are we able to comprehend our purpose as Christians in
such broad dimensions? Are we in fact witnesses to Christ,
or mere appendages of a respectable institution called
"the church"? Do we accept a world mission, or are we
comfortable with casual conformity to familiar ideas and
ordinary surroundings? Do we who call ourselves Christian
perceive ourselves as a joyous company sent by Jesus to
proclaim to every person on earth, without exception, the
good news of God's unconditional acceptance and love?
It will take prayerful time and thought to evaluate our
relationship and responsibility to the world as followers
of Christ. Yet it is a necessity in a culture as
comfortable as ours, where God and country, church and
country club, Christian and socialite are often almost
As living witnesses of Jesus' death and Resurrection, we
are challenged today to discover what the divine encounter
with the risen Christ means for us. If it does not at
some point issue in sharing the Gospel with our world,
then we have not heard all of the good news.
Jesus, come in your risen power. Let this time of
worship be a hallowed hour in which your presence
calms, instructs, and empowers my spirit to serve
and proclaim you in our world.
Grace and peace,
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