By Hugh J. McNichol
This week we prepare for the lighting of the third candle of the Advent wreath. The color is different from the other weeks....it is rose or pink.
Traditionally this color signifies rejoicing and happiness. In our American society it is a symbol that recalls the scientific fight against breast cancer.
Throughout the ages ...the color most significantly has expressed not only joy but hope as well.
I recently received a Christmas card which included an "insert" suggesting that during this sacred preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth, we take time to recall past shortcomings in our lives. Advent the time of new life and new growth suggests not a penitential season, but one of growth and development.
As we prepare for "Gaudete Sunday" it is a great time to repair fractured relationships and renew unity in our lives.
Our Holy Father last week once again continued to mend our fragile relationship with the Eastern Church. His visit to Turkey not only ventured towards a new relationship with our Eastern brothers and sisters in faith...but sought to bridge an understanding with our Islamic cousins as well.
This time of the year is a "graced" time for all believers. Our Jewish cousins celebrate Yahweh's provident intervention during the feast of Chanakah. Christian communities celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and Islam recalls Jesus' great prophetic nature. Regardless of the celebration, mankind tries to celebrate our desire for global forgiveness and earthly common compatibility.
Remember...regardless of what has happened in our lives in the past this season calls everyone to become united and hopeful for a bright future.
This common celebration period recalls most importantly...light shining in the darkness. Our Christian Advent wreath as well as the Jewish Menorah call everyone to participate more fully in ...the Light.
That is a good resolution to share with peoples of faith throughout the world. Seek light...shed darkness.
As my Christmas cards are sent...I am thankful for the invitation to participate in recalling shortcomings of the past, working through their issues and moving towards the Rising Sun. As believers in Jesus...the candles of the Advent wreath signify not only light but new life. During these dark days of December the Light draws all of us to reconcilliation and reunion in our earthly and theological relationships.
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