Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 19, 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 Sara Case.
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Today we find Jesus teaching in the Temple courts. We
know he is speaking to a large crowd, but we are not told
who the people are. Imagine yourself there in the crowd,
listening to the teacher. You are among first century Jews,
taught from your earliest days to expect a Messiah of
Davidic descent, and Jesus raises a question about your
belief! He also challenges the authority of those who
In questioning this teaching, Jesus does not say whether
it is right or wrong. He leaves no doubt, however, that
the belief of the most important people in church or
society does not necessarily make that belief true. Jesus
simply examines the teaching in question in the light of
Scripture and opens it to the power of God for resolution.
In seeking spiritual truth, we must learn to open our
questions, open our very selves, to the light of God�s
power, and then wait for the answer, however long the
wait may be. In this case, the answer to Jesus� question
did not come until after his death and Resurrection when
his own Davidic descent was claimed and reconciled with
Scripture. (See, for example, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke
3:23-38, Romans 1:3, and 2 Timothy 2:8.)
Has one of your beliefs come under question recently?
If so, recall the circumstances and how you felt on that
occasion. Offer your questions to God now, along with
all the feelings your uncertainty stimulates. As you wait
for God�s answer, let God bring life to your questions.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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