Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 10, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 10, 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 Louis F.
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Please read Mark 9:2-13
Six days after Jesus first announces that he will suffer
and die, a strange event occurs. Taking his intimate
companions, Peter, James, and John, up to the mountaintop,
Jesus is transfigured before them.
This Transfiguration is not simply a change in Jesus'
appearance. Jesus stands, in a sense, outside of himself,
entering a new state of awareness. For him, life after
this experience is markedly different, changed, and new.
Through this experience of Transfiguration, Jesus is
affirmed in his ministry, an affirmation which will
require that he suffer many things.
As Jesus embraces this frightening turn of events in
his life, a profound and personal affirmation of him
is given in the words from the cloud, "This is my
beloved Child." The affirmation empowers Jesus to
bear the suffering and death to which he is called and
endows him with a heightened authority. Therefore the
voice from the cloud commands the disciples and us:
"To this one you shall listen."
For Jesus, the Transfiguration is a celebration of life,
life in the very face of the pain which often results
from being true to God, to oneself, and to one's call.
Jesus now directs his ministry to Jerusalem, the place
of his ultimate sacrifice.
The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus encourages us
to expect God's direct affirmation of our own lives as
we embrace the pain and suffering which come as a result
of our faithfulness. Jesus' Transfiguration is an
invitation to move through and beyond these hard times
to a newness of life that empowers us in personal and
Jesus, as I listen to your gentle voice, empower me to
move through the painful parts of my life to find the
newness of life which you promise.
Grace and peace,
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