Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Nov. 4, 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 Joseph W. Houle.
�The realm of heaven is like leaven which a woman took
and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened�
�Little piece of leaven, what secrets make you a sign of
God�s realm?� I ask.
�My first secret is hiddenness. I do my best work when I
allow my presence to work in hidden ways. This secret
holds true for all creation: a seed cracks its husk and
begins to grow in the dark hiddenness of the earth; a
pregnancy comes to term in the nurturing hiddenness of the
womb; Christ is raised from the dead in the quiet
hiddenness of the grave. Therefore, create a hiddenness
in your life where seeds of change can germinate and grow.
�My second secret is that I am ordinary. Paradoxically,
even through the realm of heaven is hidden, it is found in
the most ordinary places in your life. It is no accident
that Jesus chose as a symbol of God�s realm something from
a place as ordinary as a kitchen! Therefore, do not imagine
that you must travel to faraway shrines and monasteries to
find God; rather, cultivate an openness to the presence of
God that permeates everything and everyone around you.
�My final secret I call sheer grace. My friend, pieces of
leaven had always been a symbol of corruption and evil. So
it was revolutionary when Jesus lifted me up as an example
of God�s realm. For the first time in history someone
called me good! Many people were scandalized, and many
persist still in calling me evil, but I don�t believe them
any more because I know that God accepts me as I am.
Hidden, ordinary, and despised, I have been transformed by
Christ, who was also hidden, ordinary, and despised.
Therefore, I have found self-esteem without pride, and
humility without self-hatred.�
�Little piece of leaven, how wonderful are your secrets.
I will hide them in my heart today that they may teach me
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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