Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 28, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 28, 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 R. Adam
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Please read Matthew 2:13-18
The Feast of the Holy Innocents
So soon after the angels tell us, "Be not afraid,"
there is this sad and tragic story of the murder of
innocent children. Jesus is born, his birth is
celebrated, God is glorified and praised, and suddenly
we read of Herod's fear of this long-heralded Messiah,
a fear that leads to a horrible act of vengeance and
What is the point of commemorating this senseless act
of evil so soon after the joy of the birth of Jesus?
The point IS the birth of Jesus! And the point of the
birth and life of Jesus is not that the senseless
tragedies on earth have ended, as Jesus' own death
attests; the point is that there is a power greater
than all the tragedies in the world that has entered
the world to overcome them, as Jesus' Resurrection
Therefore, even though death, injustice, oppression,
murder, and all kinds of vicious acts continue in our
world, the good news is that they do not have the final
word. There is a God whose power has come into the
world to overcome all evil.
What can we say about the slaughter of the innocents?
With Paul we affirm, "Who shall separate us from the
love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through the one who loved us" (Romans 8:35,
God of Love, be with me in times of joy and in times
of pain. I know that nothing can separate me from
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