Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 12, 2001
- 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. This meditation was written by Dr. Louis F.
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Today's passage places us in the middle of a significant
controversy concerning the role of the purification rite
of baptism in the life of the first-century Jewish
community. In this passage, the controversy between the
disciples of John the Baptist and an unnamed Jew arises
because of confusion concerning the relationship between
the baptism of John and the baptism of Jesus' disciples.
John responds to the confusion and controversy
deliberately and insightfully, saying that although he
has been called to play a unique and special role, he
has not been called to do everything.
John is able to see clearly the place of both his own
ministry and that of Jesus within the cosmic order:
Jesus' ministry must increase, while John's must
decrease. John has plumbed the depths and dimensions
of his call and knows that it is enough for him to be
where he is. He is content, and he sees no need to
take on those things which he is really not called to
In the same way, we are reminded that each of us has
been called to do something unique and special, and
that we are called and gifted in different ways. This
does not diminish the worth of any of us, it simply
makes each of us special. John is an example for each
of us to emulate in recognizing and fulfilling his or
her own call while remaining free of anxiety or
jealousy about the gifts and missions of others.
Spirit of God, you have called me and gifted me in
special and unique ways. Teach me how precious is the
mission you have given me. Enable me to be faithful
and content through your leading. Amen.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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