Rev. Hartmut Borries
Tel – (09) 525 2305
Rev. Cheryl Prigg
021 023 20932
Tel – (03) 332 2458
Email : Christchurch@TheChristianCommunity.net
Tel -(03) 261 2046
Hohepa Centre, 23 Barrington Street, Spreydon
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ADVENT CONTEMPLATION: PHILIPPIANS 4: 1, 4 – 8
When we look at a work of art, we may feel enlivened and inspired, confronted or comforted.
There is a meeting between our inner life and outward gaze and the intention of the artist.
Artistic works ask us to respond in a real and honest way.
So it is when Paul calls us to focus on these virtues. They are not merely for aesthetics or comfort.
They are a schooling in perceiving what lives behind and works beyond.
They call for the gaze of our spirit eye to awaken, to perceive and respond.
‘.…All that is true, and good and holy. All that is worthy of our reverence, that is lovely to look at and beautiful to hear. All that is deserving of praise……’
These are the moments when we can perceive the One who has his Being in Love working in the world.
When we see through His eyes, hear with His ears, respond with His words, then the revelation of His presence is our lives makes our lives art – we become social artists when our life is an expression of His creative life in us.
In our deepest resolve we want to see in the world an expression of not just the love of beauty, but the beauty of Love.
Then the kingdom which is not of this world, will become present everywhere in the kingdom of this world.
With joyful Advent blessings, Cheryl