Fr. Scott’s Corner – Share the Light of Christ
What a year this has been! It is hard to believe it is already December. I am filled with joy because that means it is also the season of Advent in the Catholic Church. This season lasts four weeks and is a time to prepare. The word Advent is taken from the Latin root word “adventus,” which means “coming.” During Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Lord. It is an especially exciting time for us as we reflect on the greatest gift ever given: the gift of Jesus!
A special tradition at Mercy Home is putting out the Advent wreath during Christmastime. It is made of fresh pine boughs, and the circular shape signifies the eternity of the Lord’s Kingdom, which has no beginning or end. The wreath as a whole is meant to remind us of both the immortality of our souls and God’s promise of everlasting life.
The candles on the wreath also have a special significance. Four candles are placed on the wreath: three purple and one pink. The purple candles signify penance, preparation, and sacrifice throughout the Advent season. The pink candle, lit on the third Sunday of Advent, signifies the joy we experience during the preparation for the coming of Christ.
Just as we light the Advent wreath, we can be a light in the world for others.
The lighting of the Advent wreath candles serves as wonderful reminder to us to be open to the coming of the Lord. It’s important to use this time to find ways to make a difference in the lives of others. Advent should serve as a reminder to become more Christ-like and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Just as we light the Advent wreath, we can be a light in the world for others. By sharing the light of Christ, we can make the world brighter!
This December, I hope you will remember the Mercy Home and Sunday Mass family in your prayers, as well as those who need the Lord’s peace and mercy. Be assured of your place in my prayers, as well as the prayers of all of us here at Mercy Home. On behalf of all of us, Merry Christmas!