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L'Avent 2012

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Le mot Avent vient du latin et signifie "avènement." Pendant la période de Noël, on pense naturellement au premier avènement de Jésus Christ, comme un bébé, comme un être humain : Emmanuel, Dieu avec nous. Mais si nous nous tournons au mot grec (d'où vient le mot latin d'ailleurs), ceux qui s'intéressent aux langues anciennes et à la théologie pensent plutôt à un autre avènement, le deuxième avènement de Christ. Ainsi, l'Avent nous rappelle que Christ est venu une fois, un fait que nous célébrons, mais aussi que nous attendons un autre avènement, un retour.


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。