Today marks the day we begin the Church's new liturgical year. We celebrate the First Sunday of Advent! It is hard to believe how quickly time is flying by. The Advent Season is the time when we await the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ on Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word for an"arrival" or a "coming." It is an especially joyful time with the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. The radio began to remind us before Thanksgiving that Christmas was coming soon. Yet we need to remain in the moment -- we need to stay focused on the real meaning of the season. The real meaning is the coming of Jesus Christ into our hearts, homes and lives.
As we look on the Advent wreath let us remember that each candle symbolizes one of the four Sundays of Advent. Three of the candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles symbolize prayer, penance and preparation and the rose one symbolizes rejoicing. Each week we light a candle to remind us of the journey to Christ's coming. Each day try and remember to take some time to "prepare the way of the Lord!"