Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 16, 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.
'. . . being high priest that year [Caiaphas] requested that
Jesus should die for the nation, and not for the nation
only, but to gather into one the children of God who are
Through Christ's death on the cross, all of us, as
children of God, were forgiven, set free, and made whole.
Once a people separated from each other, we became a
community united by Christ's love. Once scattered, we
were gathered together in Christ.
Christ set before us a new way. No longer would God's
people offer burnt sacrifices to expiate sin; Christ's
Resurrection and death paid for all time the debt of our
sin. No longer would the people of God exchange '. . .
eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for
foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for
stripe. . . ." (Exodus 2124-25). Christ's example showed
that love is the only answer to hate. No longer would
God's salvation be available to only one nation; the
'chosen people' of God became all people.
Once we have received this good news of new life, we too
must declare a different way from the path the world
offers. We are then called to work for the equality of
all and to proclaim the good news of God's love for all
The transformative power of Christ's Resurrection and
death is available for us today. We can claim that
transformation and redemption for ourselves and put it to
work in our lives. Today, if we accept the gift given us
through the death of God's own Child, we can give of
ourselves to others.
Take some time today to consider that Christ died 'to
gather into on the children of God.' Are you separated
from a brother or sister? If so, bring that separation
to Christ, who will open the way to reconciliation.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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