With The Rev. Matthew Addington
Advent II Reflection
Hello, and welcome to the second Friday of Advent, you might say the Friday of peace. Our reading for today comes from Malachi. It is the same reading that we heard this past Sunday. The prophet Malachi writes “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-- indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can say when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like a fuller's soap.”
The prophet Malachi declares that God is on the way, and so is God's messenger, John the baptizer, dressed in his camel hair and eating locusts dipped in honey out in the wilderness. “But who can stand?”, the prophet Malachi asked when God arrives as a refiner's fire. Remember the purpose of both a refiner's fire and the fuller soap is to strengthen not destroy or exclude. A refiner makes stronger, more beautiful metal. A fuller makes stronger, more beautiful cloth and so they do these things through simplification. They remove specs of non-metal and non-cloth resulting in a better, more simple, stronger material. Accordingly, the message here is that God will bring out the very best in each one of us. Cleansing our hearts of pettiness of contempt, healing our wounds, so that we can live into God's sweet realm of peace and the justice that leads to peace. Removing the stuff, the busyness, the impurities, the distractions, the need to get everything exactly right this season. The promise that is advent is a whole new world coming into being. A new world coming into being that is stronger and more beautiful in our hearts, in our neighborhoods, and for that, we say thanks be to God.
Our prayer for this day is the Collect for peace. Would you pray with me? O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. On this day in Advent, on a day of peace, may you know the peace of God. May you embrace God wherever you are, and may you go out into the world and share God's peace with another. Be safe, be well. Amen.
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