Advent – A Season of Light
Today, as we begin the season of Advent, we begin a new Church year. The word Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” which means “coming.”
Advent is a time of joyful expectation as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. His coming is past, present and future. The first couple weeks of Advent focus on the end of the world and the future coming of Jesus. The last weeks focus on the first coming, the past event that occurred in Bethlehem. Throughout the entire season we are invited to recognize the present coming of Jesus — and we are challenged to make His coming real by shining His light.
The Advent and Christmas seasons are about light. Jesus, the light of the world is coming. During Advent we use a wreath and each week we light another candle, symbolizing the coming of the light of the world. On houses we see lights going up to celebrate this time of year. As the daylight lessens the nearer we get to Christmas, we have a greater need for the light of the world. This is a time to let His light shine through you. May the lights on the houses and the candles on the Advent wreath remind you to let your light shine. And may the words from today’s second reading be reflected in each of you: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all.” By doing so, more light will be shining in our world. Peace, love and light.