Chi Rho Reflection for the week of Sept. 2, 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 Vanessa Moore.
Please feel free to forward this to your friends.
"... the bystanders said to Peter, 'Certainly you are
one of them; for you are a Galilean.' But he began to
invoke a curse on himself and to answer, 'I do not know
this Jesus of whom you speak.'"
If asked the question, 'Do you know Jesus Christ?' most
of us would not deny it. Of course, most of us aren't
asked the question directly. Indirectly, however, the
question is asked of us many times. We are asked the
question whenever we see someone hungry and homeless.
We are asked the question whenever we are called upon to
recognize each person's worth as a child of God. We are
asked the question whenever we are confronted with hatred
and oppression. Whatever the situation, if we respond
with violence, or with contempt, we are denying Christ.
If we choose to do what is Christ-like, we are saying,
'Yes, I do know Jesus Christ.'
We come to know Jesus Christ by acknowledging God's
presence within ourselves and within each other. We
come to know Christ through prayer, meditation, and the
study of Scripture. We come to know Christ through
worship and the sharing of the good news of the Gospel.
As we come to know Christ more fully within ourselves
and within our community, Christ moves to the center
of our relationships and they are transformed. As we
claim Christ's love and forgiveness for ourselves, we
are able to extend that same love and forgiveness to
our other relationships.
Whenever we follow the path of Christ, we are saying
'yes' to God's working in our life. Like Peter, we may
deny Christ at times. Like Peter, we will be forgiven
if we do. God works through weakness, as Peter's life
testifies: From denying Christ, he went on to become the
leader of the early Christian church. Knowing Jesus
Christ does not require us to be flawless persons. God
asks only that we begin to say 'yes' more than we say
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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