Chi Rho Reflection for the week of Sept. 9, 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.
'And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top
The religious Jews of Jesus' day were afraid to look on
Good directly. The curtain of the Temple separated the
people from the holy of holies. Year after year, the
people of God strove to make themselves perfect by
following the laws as closely as possible. Year after
year, the high priests offered sacrifices for the
people's sins. Year after year, the curtain between
God and the people remained.
Jesus' death changed all that. Jesus broke down the
barriers between God and us. The crucifixion speaks
of the ultimate sacrifice, the laying down of life
for the forgiveness of all our sins.
We're still not the perfect people of God, but we are
a forgiven people. Jesus' death on the cross united us
with God forever. Now, therefore, '. . . we have
confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way which Jesus opened for us
through the curtain . . . for the one who promised is
faithful.' (Hebrews 10:19, 23)
Sometimes the hardest thing to accept is the fact that
God loves us just as we are. Sometimes we twist o
urselves into knots trying to be perfect, thinking that
if we could just achieve perfection, then we would
become God's children. Our effort to follow the laws
never justifies us; only Christ does. Through Christ,
we are all God's children. Through Christ, we are all
Reflect today on what is separating you from God. Do
you feel you must be perfect before you can receive
God's forgiveness? Are you convinced God will never
forgive you because you cannot forgive yourself? The
good news Christ brings is that no mistake, no fault,
no sin can separate you from the love of God. Draw
near. Tear down that curtain.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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