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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Nov. 4, 2001

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    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
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      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.

      Matthew 13:31-35

      �The realm of heaven is like leaven which a woman took
      and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened�
      Matthew 13:33.

      �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
      wisdom.�

      Grace and peace,

      R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
      Chi Rho Press

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