Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 2, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 2, 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 late
Joseph W. Houle.
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Please read Matthew 13:18-23
"Hear then the parable of the sower."
I stand with the crowd today and listen attentively as
your words fall on me like seeds ready to sprout, grow,
and bear fruit. Suddenly I am an expanse of land
stretching north, east, west, south, with the landscape
of my inner life lying open before you.
I watch as you scatter seeds on pathways worn hard by
my busyness, and I see commitments, like a hundred
birds, swoop down on each moment, devouring the
promise of new life before it can sprout.
I watch as you scatter seeds on rocky soil, that part
of me that has not yet learned to persevere, and I
see that the seeds sprout quickly in the morning,
but cannot endure the heat of noon.
I watch as you scatter seeds on thorn-infested soil,
that part of me that is full of contradictory desires
that turn my inner life into a battleground, and I
see the seeds choked to death before they can mature.
A great sadness comes over me, because I understand
that in my search for meaning and purpose I have left
little room within me for your Word to take root and
At that very moment I see you casting seeds with
wild abandon on good soil. The wind carries your
words to me, "Now that you are open to hear, accept,
and persevere in my Word, you have become good soil,
and you will yield abundant fruit."
Throughout the day, I observe the many kinds of soil
in the fields I pass. With a knowing smile I scatter
seeds of truth that Jesus has entrusted to me; for I
know that even if some seeds are lost on hard, rocky,
or thorny ground, in the end some will fall on good
soil and yield an incredibly abundant harvest.
Grace and peace,
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