Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Jan. 6, 2002
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 the Rev. Robert
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Read John 2:1-11
Did you ever wonder what happened to that couple who will
always be remembered because of the honored guest at their
wedding? Did they ever tire of recounting that day over
and over to their children and grandchildren? Did they
remember their feelings of panic when they discovered
they had no wine, their surprise at the sudden appearance
of even better wine than they had purchased, the whispers
that went around the wedding party about this man Jesus?
Did this first of Jesus� signs bring them to faith in him
or discipleship? Did they ever leave each other?
Weddings and Holy Unions evoke profound feelings of
happiness and deep feelings of pain in all of us, couples,
singles, celibates, divorced, widows, and widowers. We
are happy for these two who pledge their love and
faithfulness to a life that calls for the transformation
of the water of selfishness, individuality, and established
ways into the wine of mutuality, respectful love, and
continued growth. And yet we know of so many others who
have for many reasons broken commitments to partners.
Wedding and Holy Union ceremonies may also awaken in us
our own deepest longing for someone who will never go away.
In the light of this moment of crystallized fidelity and
commitment, we may remember the lost chances, the broken
commitments, the unhealed hurts of broken relationships
in our own lives. At such moments we can turn to God,
the one who embodies perfect fidelity to us all the way
to death and beyond.
Jesus, you are really the only one who will never go away.
By your abiding presence, you help us to transform our
isolation into community and our aloneness into intimacy.
And when others go away, you are still there at the end,
the best wine for us to drink at life�s wedding banquet,
celebrating the union of our God-with-us. Amen.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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