ADVENT FIRE: December 8

ADVENT FIRE: December 8

From Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers 

Let the Shade Suffice

Abba Evagrius said, “I paid a visit to Abba Macarius at the hottest time of the day.  I was burning with thirst and said to him, ‘I am very thirsty, my father.’

“He said to me, ‘Let the shade suffice.  There are numbers of people on the road right now who are burning who have no shade.’”

A Mother Gives Her Child a Sweet

A brother asked Abba Macarius, “My father, guide me concerning what is sweet and what is salty.” (James 3:11)

Abba Macarius said to him, “They say that if the mother of a small child places the child on the ground, she puts some kind of sweet in his hand for him to lick so he won’t vex his mother.  The vexing can be likened to sin and pleasure while the sweet, on the other hand, represents our Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed name, the true pearl, for it is written in the Holy Gospel that the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant who is looking for precious jewels.  Therefore, when he found a valuable jewel, he went and sold what he possessed and bought it.  So he gave up what he owned, his heart’s desires, and wanted only the precious stone, that is, our Lord Jesus Christ, king of kings and lord of lords.” (Matthew 13:45, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14)

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