Second Sunday of Advent: December 4th, 2016
The Advent Wreath
On the Second Sunday of Advent, the second blue/violet candle is placed on the wreath and lit. This is the candle of PEACE. It reminds us that Christ brought peace when he first came to use and He will bring everlasting peace when he comes again.
REFLECTION: (adapted from Connie Beckman)
Advent invites us to slow down and spend a little more time in preparing ourselves to receive Jesus coming again in our hearts. It is a time to repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The Holy Spirit is the voice of one crying out in the desert — prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
However the world shouts loudly with its luring, enticing agenda: This is the time to hurry up, no time to rest, must shop until we drop. Must go to all the Christmas events — office parties, school musicals/plays and on and on. We end up spending zero time with the Lord as a result of this stressed out agenda. Instead of slowing down, we find ourselves on a very high speed super highway, with no stopping places for rest and renewal.