Advent Word 2018, Day 13 ‘Prune 修剪’

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先知瑪拉基談到上帝的信差是一位「淨化」人的使者,就像是「煉金之人的火」或是「漂布之人的鹼」使他們成為「使上帝愉悅的」人。這位先知的目的在說明,上帝會用力擦淨並精煉人性,因為上帝的統治要造就他的再來。威廉.坦普談到上帝看起來似乎很嚴酷地希望要修剪那些不令人愉悅的,這一切都是因為「愛的緣故。」這份愛「不是濫情地給我們一切想要的;它是一種熱情的渴望要讓我們長成祂的樣子。」

The prophet Malachi speaks of God’s messenger as one who will “purify” the people, like “a refiner’s fire” or “fuller’s soap,” to make them “pleasing to the Lord.” The prophet’s point is that God has a lot of scrubbing and refining of human nature to do as God’s reign makes its advent. William Temple speaks of God’s seemingly harsh desire to prune away that which is not pleasing as done purely for “very love’s sake.” This love is “not a sentimental readiness to give us what we want; it is a passionate yearning to raise us to its own likeness.”

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Roses in front of Cambridge House, Holy Island.  Late autumn is not a good time for roses, they’re overgrown and straggly.  They’re coming to the end of their flowering season, though everyone seems to wait until early spring for pruning rosebushes.  At this time of year, they’re not at their best, but still providing beautiful splashes of colour in the garden.  The rose garden is a metaphor for life.  Making our lives “pleasing to the Lord” is what we’re called to do afresh this Advent.

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