Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2011
April 15, 2011 Wales Brown
33rd Day of Lent John 12:27-33
The Gospel according to John is sometimes described as the “mystical Gospel.” This is the Gospel of the “I Am’s.” John describes Jesus as saying: I Am the true vine, I AM the way of the truth and the life, I AM the resurrection, I AM the good shepherd, I AM the door, I AM the light of the world, I AM the bread of life.
In the scriptures given for this meditation, our Lord is anticipating going into Jerusalemto be crucified and not crowned. Jesus knows the purpose of His life and is agonizing in this scripture about the will of God to have humankind saved through His death by crucifixion at the hands of those for whom He is giving His life. John describes our Lord as lamenting what he must do and the heavens speak to reassure Him. Jesus is also keenly aware that through this act of following God’s will, the World will be saved, for He is the Door. Jesus was born into this role; this was not a matter of choice.
As a man that is often defined by my sexuality as a Gay man, I understand a little about what it means to be born a certain way and to follow a life that I may not have chosen for myself. I probably wouldn’t “choose” to be gay due to the hatred and humiliation that has to be endured on a daily basis. I can’t count how many times I have called on God throughout my life and asked why do I have to have these feelings? Why did I have to be born into this life of ridicule? I used to lament when younger, “Why can’t I be like other people in mainstream heterosexual America? Instead I’m a “freak”, a “fag” or a “queer” and to most, I do “look like mainstream heterosexual America” because you don’t know who or what I really am: a secret.
While the heavens (Angels) haven’t spoken to me, Our Lord does. I know that I AM not alone. As Christ was reassured by the Angels, I AM reassured by Christ. I know that Jesus, who is the way of the Truth and the Life, tells us all to “love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.” All of the laws rest on these 2 greatest commandments. The Lord doesn’t add qualifiers here as to whom to exclude and there were surely people living as homosexuals during Jesus’ time.
Jack Rodgers, author of Jesus, the Bible and Homosexuality writes that as Christians “we have accepted pervasive societal prejudices (slavery, discrimination against woman and homosexuality) and read it back into scripture. We have taken certain scriptures out of their context, reading the scripture literally with tragic consequences to those whom the verses were applied”. During this Lenten session let us try to see how as a Church we are going to keep the door open, the Door that Christ is so that the World will be saved, justifying Jesus’ sacrifice of His own life for all of us, including people that are homosexual.Closing Prayer: Eternal God, your patience with us is amazing. Who would think that our attempts to be faithful to you might result in causing suffering for our brothers and sisters? Let your light shine on our imperfect minds as we seek to be salt for your earth. Amen.
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