Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 19, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 19, 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 the Rev.
Andy T. Sidden.
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Please read Matthew 10:34-42
A sign over the door at my neighborhood weight room
proclaims in bold letters, "NO PAIN, NO GAIN." Anyone
who has ever pumped iron knows the message to be true.
Those guys who stop by the spa for thirty minutes once
or twice a week and spend their time talking about
football get nowhere. Nor do those women who work
diligently for a few days and then backslide, skipping
weeks at a time. Bellies still bounce and skin still
sags on the bodies of half-hearted weight lifters.
Physical strength and muscle tone don't come without
some struggle and discomfort. In today's Scripture,
Jesus tells us the same is true for our Christian faith.
Our faith doesn't stop with peace of mind and a rosy
outlook on life. True Christian commitment often
leads to tension and conflict. Christians don't
always feel happy. They face troubles and plenty
of them, some even coming from their own family
My pastor calls today's Gospel message one of the
things she wishes Jesus hadn't said. And it's true
that being a Christian would be so much simpler
without the pain.
But Christ isn't saying that joy doesn't come, nor
that we won't find peace in Christ. Christ is simply
saying that hardships may stand in the way of our
reaching those goals.
We can take heart, though, knowing that just as the
crucifixion was followed by the resurrection, so
conflict is followed by joy. Just as muscle aches
result in stronger muscles, life's toils result in
A country and western ballad titles puts it still
another way. "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,"
it says. Neither did Jesus. Just, in the end, roses.
Grace and peace,
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