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GREATLY TROUBLED 很惊慌

(2010-12-16 21:59:39)
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GREATLY TROUBLED

"Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be." Luke 1:29

In his book The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker says that we regularly engage in repression simply to cope with daily life. We repress both the astonishment of existing and the terrors of dying. We block them out in order to focus on the task at hand.

A similar kind of repression happens at Christmastime. We hear that a virgin will "be with child . . . . He will be great . . . Called the Son of the Most High. . . . His kingdom will never end" -- but this amazing news barely registers. We do not stagger under the weight of Jesus’ coming. Instead we shop till we drop.

Mary models the right response. Before she says, "I am the Lord’s servant," we’re told she’s "greatly troubled." What troubles her is the greeting, not the angel. In the Scriptures, this greeting is often addressed to people chosen by God for a special purpose in salvation history. The phrase "the Lord is with you" is spoken to assure them of divine resources and protection. But why would Mary need such assurance? What was in store for her? She was troubled. Life in the small town of Nazareth would no longer be safe or simple.

The challenge for us this season is to attend to the claims made all around us about Jesus, and to wonder: What could the coming of this Holy One mean for us? Clearly this life of ours is neither safe nor simple.

PRAYER

Dear God, we are so easily caught up in routines that we lose sight of the immensity of our creation, redemption, and future glory. Shine on us, Lord, and awaken us. Amen.

 

很惊慌

「马利亚因这话就很惊慌,又反复思想这样问安是甚么意思。」 路1:29

作者白安诺在《否认死亡》这本书中说,我们经常刻意把某些事置诸脑后,才能应付每天的生活。我们不去想活着的奇妙,也不去想死亡的恐惧;我们对这些事视而不见,这样我们才能专心完成当前的差事。

在圣诞节期间,我们同样也会刻意不去思想某些事情。我们听到有一童女「要怀孕生子…他要为大,称为至高者的儿子……他的国也没有穷尽」——可惜我们不大听得进去这奇妙的信息。耶稣降临这个大喜消息未能震撼我们,反而我们欢天喜地购物,直到筋疲力尽为止。

马利亚的回应是我们的好榜样;在她说:「我是主的使女」之前,我们看到她「很惊慌」。令她惊慌的不是天使,而是天使问安的话。在圣经中,这种问安的话,通常是对那些蒙神特别拣选,去完成救赎计划的人说的;「主和你同在」这句话的用意,是向他们保证神的供应和保护。不过,马利亚为何需要这些确据呢?她究竟要面对甚么事?她感到很惊慌,在拿撒勒这个小镇生活,已变得不再那么安全简单了。

在这个节日,我们必须多留心这些环绕我们关于耶稣的各项宣称,并且反复思想:这位圣者降临,究竟对我们有甚么意义?明显地,我们的生活也不再是安全简单的了。

祷告

亲爱的神,我们往往营营役役过生活,以致忽视了我们的受造、得赎和将来的荣耀,看不到其中的深广及美妙。主啊,求祢光照我们,叫我们苏醒过来。阿们。

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