Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 30, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 30, 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 20:1-16
"You go into the vineyard too,
and whatever is right I will give you."
I remember the day, Jesus, when you first invited me
to become a laborer in your vineyard. How honored I
felt! At that time the knowledge was still fresh in
my mind that everything, including the call to work
in your vineyard, was your gift to me.
But you did not ask me to work for nothing. Your
reward, you promised, would be the gift of yourself.
"I am with you always," you said, even "to the close
of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
You have kept your word, Jesus. You have nourished
me with yourself in prayer, in Scripture, in the
Eucharist, and in encounters with other laborers in
your vineyard. You have gradually shown me that "My
food is to do the will of God who sent me, and to
accomplish God's work" (John 4:34).
I will not pretend that it has been easy. Sometimes
it has seemed impossible to bear "the burden of the
day and the scorching heat," and I have felt like
giving up. But Jesus, to whom would I go? "You have
the words of eternal life" (John 6:68). At other
times I have acted as if I had a special right to
the gift of your Holy Spirit, the "denarius" you
promised as my reward. How foolish to want to set
limits on your generosity! Please come and change
my heart into one as generous as yours, so that I
may learn to give myself as you do, without exception
As this month comes to an end, Jesus, I re-dedicate
myself to working in your vineyard, confident that
you will always give "whatever is right" at the end
of the day.
Grace and peace,
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