by Mary Ann Zimmerman
As I mentioned before, the Advent Wreath is a tradition. The purple candles symbolize penance, preparation and sacrifice. The process of lighting the candles shows our increasing readiness to welcome our Lord in our hearts. This week we focus on Peace. When we rid ourselves of the things that block the light of Christ, we are filled with the Peace of Christ. He came to expel the darkness that fills this world. This world is in a mess. But Jesus came to give us hope of eternal life and to fill us with peace. The Bible tells not to worry. It doesn’t help anyway!
At my house, I have a cat that think she owns the house. So in my Advent Wreath, I use battery-operated candles. I light them each night while meditating on the readings in my Living Advent booklet. The message is short but always on point what I need to focus on. Hopefully you will make time to do the same. Let this Advent be more spiritual than commercial. You can decorate the tree and your home inside and out but decorate your heart with hope and peace.
Spend time contemplating on the daily readings. Check the internet for Advent meditations if you don’t have an Advent book. St. John the Baptist gave us the message, “Make way for the Lord.” No matter what the news says, no matter what chaos surrounds you, hold onto the message of hope and peace and make way for the Lord.
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By the way, in the middle of Advent is the the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She is an important part of Advent in that her “Yes” brought forth our Savior to redeem the world. Mary is Mediatrix with her Son. Through her intercession, prayers are answered in a way we would never even dream could happen. Trust in Mary, Mother of Mercy.
Time is flying by. We are already at week 3 of our Advent journey to celebrate Joy. We light the pink candle on our Advent Wreath. There is great blessings being in relationship with God. This is the fruit of Joy in our hearts. In Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again, rejoice!" Even though life can be hard sometimes the joy if the Lord outweighs the sorrows, the challenges, and the disappointments. Keep that joy....don't let anyone take that joy from you.
Pray Hope and Don’t Worry! - Padre Pio